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EDU587: Adult Learning and Development

EDU587: Week 1 – Discussion

Week 1 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Learning [WLOs: 1, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review the weeks assigned textbook Chapters 1 and 2 on “Adult Learning in Today’s World” and “Traditional Learning Theories” and the Kenner and Weinerman (2011) article “Adult Learning Theory: Applications to Non-Traditional College Students.”

For your initial post,

Select two of the five theories/orientations to learning: behaviorism, cognitivism, humanism, social learning, or constructivism. Compare the two selected theories or orientations to learning as they relate to both online and campus-based college classroom teaching. In your comparison,

  • Evaluate the role of the instructor/facilitator.
  • Analyze the process by which students learn and create meaning.
  • Critique the benefits and challenges of each as they relate to adult development
  • Discuss which learning theory you prefer as an adult learner
  • Discuss how your selected learning theory has changed over time.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two peers by Day 5. In your response to peer ask questions about the theories/orientations they selected. Ideally you should choose one peer that identified the same theories/orientations as yourself, and one that chose differently from you.

Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you, including the instructor. Responding to the replies given to you will further the conversation and provide additional opportunities for you to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic. In addition to offering comments, question your peers about their responses to encourage further conversation.

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