Adult Learning

Extension professionals are adult educators, guided by principles of adult learning and adept at using learning activities that actively involve participants in their learning, build on their expertise, and have immediate impact on their lives.  Below are links to four documents that can help you make your programs more 'learningful'.  Just because you're teaching doesn't mean they're learning!

Adult Learning & Teaching is a PDF that summarizes five key learning principles and presents dozens of ideas for actively engaging the learners and anchoring the learning in their memories. 

Teaching and Learning is an online Desire2Learn course with interactive materials on helping others learn. You first need to register for the course. County-paid employees should contact Anne Baker to be added.

Angelo, T.A. (1993). "A Teacher's dozen: Fourteen General, Research-Based Principles for Improving Higher Learning in our Classrooms." ‚ÄčAmerican Association of Higher Education Bulletin.

Learning Styles explains learning styles, and the importance of incorporating a variety of approaches to learning.

Learning Style Inventory is a self-scoring inventory of learning styles--visual, aural, physical, verbal, logical, social, and solitary.

Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes, by Andy Goodman & Cause Communications. 2006. 
This is a free, downloadable book available at The Goodman Center Web Site.  It presents the research base for principles behind powerful PowerPoint presentations.  Especially interesting are "The Fatal Five", common problems of many PowerPoint presentations.

The Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University has excellent teaching guides

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