The Art of Knowledge
Here is an article by Jackie Dobrovolny about adult learning. It makes some nice overview statements. What I really liked was this:
- Learners often visualize or hypothesize how they will apply their new skills. This is particularly true when learners plan to use their new skills to solve a problem or improve an existing situation. As they read the instruction, they stop and visualize how their new skills will enable them to handle that situation in the future. For example, one learner I spoke with said, "I thought back to a few of the attributes that the lesson went through, such as location of the item, and tried to think how those would relate to a course entered as an item." Another learner said that after she read the examples in a section of a course, she stopped and tried to create her own examples.
I never really thought of the skills that people already bring to the table. If we could categorize what skills or previous environements people have already attained even before they are attempted to be retrained then that could make an impact on several areas. It could impact the medium that the information is based on, the level of interactivity a learner will need to have with the subject matter etc... I'm sure there is more there.
It also has these 3 headers which are worth reading (sorry no anchors...they are about half way down in red font):
Link posted by JVMM : 2:34 PM