Reflective Journal Week 10

Learning about how to engage nontraditional students and adults learners caught my attention because I consider myself a nontraditional student. However, I believe this division is not applicable nowadays. Today, students from 18 years old to 50 years old could have the same needs, obligations, and struggles.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

This week I've also learned that in 1980, Knowles made 4 assumptions about the characteristics of adult learners (andragogy) that are different from the assumptions about child learners (pedagogy). In 1984, Knowles added the 5th assumption: Self-concept, adult learner experience, readiness to learn, orientation to learning, and motivation to learn. Adult learning had caught the attention of many for decades.

Today one of the most common methods used by nontraditional students and adult learners has been online education, which I believe it is a great tool to obtain a degree when you work full-time, have a family, and many responsibilities that limit your time to attend to an institution.

I've found a wonderful video about online education and its importance. A global phenomenon that provides education not only to adult learners but also to those who don't have access o possibility to attend to an institution thanks to different circumstances.

“eLearning shouldn’t be a casual joy ride on a Sunday afternoon with the cruise control engaged. The sole purpose of eLearning is to teach.” - Christopher Palm

Credits:

Created with images by Phil Sexton - "Continuing Education in Phoenix" • Vanguard Visions - "Centre for Adult Education Flipped Learning Design in VET Workshop 070214" • coyot - "person reading tablet"

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