Talk:Facilitating Adult Learning: A Textbook for Educators of Adults

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Structure, Look and Feel308:49, 10 December 2009
Re:Look and Feel of pages123:35, 9 December 2009
Welcome to the planning phase of the project309:30, 4 December 2009

Structure, Look and Feel

Well it seems that we are not getting any more additions to the list, so it is time to start the discussion about the Wiki's structure (if we have missed a topic, it will be easy enough to add it later).

Just as a note - I would like to keep the "look" the same through out all the pages - maybe we need to set up a page template?

Whilst content is king I would like our pages to to be visually (and aurally?) interesting, without becoming garish.

Looking forward to your comments. --Sandy Causer (aka Wakalena) 00:38, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Wakalena (talk)13:38, 8 December 2009

Good point about keeping the pages consistent and not garish, but still rich in media content.

Do any of you have a relatively current Review of the Literature on our topic? Who are the recognized experts in the field?

Is Malcolm Knowles still relevant?

What is a good starting place to read about current practices and trends in Adult Education?


"The last [section OF THE CALPDP] contains the complete, archived database of the former ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, which closed its doors in December 2003. You may search this database and download or print these publications."

I do not have access to university proprietary databases.

Is something like this helpful to our project? Helping Adult Education Students Reach Their Goals

It would be helpful to me to know the keywords/buzzwords/jargon specific to adult education, in order to perform online searches for resources.

Are there government agencies publishing free resources?

Redcamarocruiser (talk)02:31, 9 December 2009

I found a free government resource at Link to Home Page U.S. Department of Education, which has am Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) National Activities Initiative. I will post this link to the resources page, and ou can evaluate it, if it is good enough, or delete it if it is not appropriate to this project.

Redcamarocruiser (talk)06:31, 9 December 2009

Hi everyone,

Great idea for a project. Thought I'd leave some suggestions planning your resource, including the need for a consistent look and feel,

There was some work awhile back to encourage the creation of plans for learning design and content design. I implemented the concept when I began work on an OpenOffice Calc tutorial; see the box at the bottom of the page, which includes links to learning design and content design subpages. After having thought through many of the aspects of what I wanted to created, the actual creation of the content, I believe, has been much more straightforward and I can leave and come back to the effort knowing I have a built-in refresher.

As to your specific desire to have a consistent look to the pages, my suggestion is to create a style guide for your project. My Calc 3 tutorial content design page includes a link to a style guide useful for a software-related resource. Also there are a number of WE-wide style proposals currently under discussion. You might find a few of these useful for your purposes.

Rob's suggestion to create a navigator (his reference to tutorial 11) is also a key feature in content design.

Definitely design is a key aspect to creating usable content.


ASnieckus (talk)08:49, 10 December 2009

Re:Look and Feel of pages

Hi Joyce, Sandy, and Mary,

It is really great to see this collaboration developing. With regards to the look and feel of the pages you might want to have a look at Tutorial 11 and Help:Categories which are just beyond the scope of EL4C32 (if you have not come across it already). Let me know if you have any questions.

Kruhly (talk)16:35, 9 December 2009

Thanks for the tip, Kruhly! Much appreciated!--redcamarocruiser 10:35, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

Redcamarocruiser (talk)23:35, 9 December 2009

Welcome to the planning phase of the project

Well the project has now started, two of us have decided to collaborate to get this textbook up and running. At the moment we are in the planning phase and we are looking forward to contributions form the rest of the community. So if you have any ideas about the content or structure or how you would like to contribute - now is the right time and the right place :-)
--Sandy Causer (aka Wakalena) 22:28, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

Wakalena (talk)11:28, 29 November 2009

Joyce, the piece you wrote about why we should have the OER textbook was great - I moved it to the top of the page as it tells readers why we are developing the project.
--Sandy Causer (aka Wakalena) 22:33, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

Wakalena (talk)11:33, 29 November 2009

This is a great topic to explore. I'd like to contribute to the project. I teach part time at a community college where we emphasize lifelong learning. I also run faculty development workshops on online teaching and learning and open educational resources.

The suggested outline looks fairly complete. Who is the intended reader/user for this OER? Educators? Subject matter experts who will be helping adults learning in their subject? Are these face-to-face or online learners? Is the education formal or informal - assessment implies formal? What are the learners likely to be learning - basic life skills? entrepreneurship? community leadership? auto repair? philosophy? brain surgery? This may make a difference in some of the areas in the outline and in the methods and practices suggested.

This is a wonderful project. Thanks for taking the initiative. --Valerie Taylor 12:43, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Vtaylor (talk)01:43, 4 December 2009

Welcome aboard Valerie, excited to have your contributions.
I guess I am coming form a point of view of a Prospective VET educator. So possibly it's more Train the Trainer focus ie Subject matter experts (in this case their Subject is teaching adults how to teach other adults). I wanted to keep it fairly broad and not restrict it to information for people who are going to teach a particular discipline.
I don't think that it matters whether the users are online or face to face, to me it is a textbook that could be in a printed version - just happens to be online. The idea is to provide knowledge and information. What do you think?
I see it as a resource - the assessment chapter would discuss methods of assessment (both formal and informal) but would not stipulate any form of assessment for the readers - although we could have suggestions for reflection, discussion questions etc.
Well those are my thoughts today! We are still in the planning phase, so nothing is locked down. (Not that anything is totally locked down in Wiki Land!)
Excited to have you participating and look forward to hearing your thoughts. --Sandy Causer (aka Wakalena) 20:30, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Wakalena (talk)09:30, 4 December 2009