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Instructional Strategies

As adult instructors, we know how important our instructional strategies are in deciding how successful our instructions are. This Carnegie Mellon University website provides us with some key strategies mainly used in instruction. Of course, just as mentioned in this part, what kinds of strategies are suitable for us depends on what kinds of learners we are teaching and also on what kinds of teaching contents we are handling. Instructional strategies should be flexible. But at least this website gives us some idea about these useful strategies.

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Motivational Techniques

If you have ever been an instructor, you will know how important to get your learners motivated to learn. The learners’ interest and enthusiasm to learn and their motivation to focus their attention on the learning content sometimes determine your teaching outcome. So getting to know some motivational techniques is undoubtedly a good idea for an instructor.  This website “Adults in modern society are on a lifelong educational journey” provide adult instructors with ideas concerning why and how can we motivate adult learners.

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Creating Positive Learning Environment

Creating Positive Learning Environment is a part presented by Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning on the website of University of Delaware. In this part you can find neatly listed six positive climate skills, with each explained clearly and illustrated with examples. These skills are very useful in helpful in the instructor create positive classroom learning environment and achieve desirable teaching outcome.

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Learning-styles-and-learning-spaces

“Learning Styles and Learning Spaces: Enhancing Experiential Learning in Higher Education” is a very good article introducing Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory and its application to higher education. The new concept “learning space” put forward in it is especially impressive. The authors of the article lists several principles in creating learning spaces for enhancement of experiential learning, like “Begin learning with the learner’s experience of the subject matter”, “Making space for conversational learning”, “Making spaces for feeling and thinking”, “Making spaces for acting and reflecting” and “Making space for learners to take charge of their own learning” all make a lot of sense in adult education.

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Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains is a wonderful part of Donald Clark’s Website: Big Dog & Little Dog’s Performance Juxtaposition. It is under the title “Learning”. The contents of this part is very well organized. With the help of some graphs, charts and tables, and illustrated with explanations, key words and examples,  it presents a comprehensive picture of the three domains of learning: cognitive, affective and psychomotor. Just take a look, you will get a general idea about Bloom’s Taxonomy theory. With more time digging into the details, you will find it very helpful in your lesson planning. 

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