After taking two Master of Education courses specific to adult learning I feel I have a much greater understanding of the pedagogical approaches available to meet the needs of adults learners. I felt it was important to take these courses to become better at teaching adults. Along with these courses, I also have a Teacher of Adults certificate. In order to obtain that particular certificate I completed seven courses related to teaching adults.
I feel that this professional development is closely related to Connectivism. Connectivism is a gracious theory as it states that learning happens in many different ways though the creation of connections and by developing networks. I feel the connections I have made between adult learning theories and how I am facilitating learning in the classroom are purposeful. I look forward to learning more about adult learning in the future so that I, in turn, can become better at it.
I have included the following artifact in this particular area because I felt it provided a consolidation of many of the learning theories I have been exposed to in the courses I took pertaining to Adult Education. This particular artifact was a consulting project assignment where I needed to address a problem that an organization was experiencing in the area of adult education. As the “consultant” I was asked to analyze the problem and present some possible solutions via a report. I decided to take this assignment one step further and actually create a report with text, images, video and audio in the form of a publication.