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Turn Concepts Into Active Learning

Turn Concepts Into Active Learning 

Take it "Up A Notch"

By Nancy Thompson, Executive Director, AWENS – Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia  @nthompsonED

When creating a lesson plan that will encourage engagement, instructors and curriculum developers must always be imaginative and innovative, with the activities created for our Adult Learners.  Many teachers and instructors tend to rely on pretty basic adult education activities to ensure active learning takes place in small, medium and large group work.

I like to use Post-it® notes, perhaps it is because of the wonderful colours I can bring to class to spice things up. It really is challenging to take a concept and turn it into an activity that applies to the educational instruction or training you are trying to ensure that learners learn.

I believe what is essential to providing adult education, is breaking down the types of activities we need to use when we present a concept, deliver content, test the transfer of knowledge has taken place, and ensure participants are engaged.  Careful thought must be taken when trying to implement activities into the learning, not just because Adult Education best practices state you need to engage adult learners.

Adult educators and curriculum developers need to find a delicate balance, while being very careful about what activities are being used, why they are being used, when they are being used and how they are being used. To be effective, teaching and learning activities need to be carefully selected and placed.

Recently, I discovered a great resource from Queens University. I would like to share this information with you as it provides insight into active teaching and learning and what activities are appropriate for different scenarios when teaching and learning in an adult education environment.

I hope you find these links useful:

What is Active Learning?                                   Examples of Active Learning Activities


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Nancy holds an MBA in Global Leadership and a Diploma in Adult Education. Working in the field of Adult Education for over 25 years, she is dedicated to helping organizations build capacity from within, and insure adult educators receive the professional development they need to be innovative and build success in others.     Nancy believes, by investing in workplace education, everyone wins – the company, the people and the communities in which we live.

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