Inspiring Adult Learning

Ref: C3530163

The course, using both online and classroom based teaching, has been devised to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach in an adult learning environment. Generic in nature, it will suit teachers from a wide range of disciplines, ensuring consistency in quality and approach. The course will encourage participants to think about and become involved in theoretical and practical dimensions of education and teaching. The key purpose of the course is to inspire participants to believe in the power of education to enrich and change lives for the better.

Course aim

The course, using both online and classroom based teaching will prepare students for teaching adults within the WEA and a wider range of educational contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Students will be expected to have a professional competency in their own field.They will be required to complete an application form which contains elements of initial academic assessment.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the nature and purpose of adult education
  • Define roles ,responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning
  • Describe inclusive learning and teaching, identifying how common barriers to inclusion might be overcome
  • Describe principles of assessment,comparing and evaluating different approaches
  • Create a course outline and scheme of work for 14 hour course which embeds aspects of a challenging curriculum and complete a session plan for a session drawn from a scheme of work which embeds aspects of a challenging curriculum.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Activities may include tutor presentation,small group work, working in pairs,class discussions, short tasks and research. Participants will be encoraged to share knowledge , skills and expertise from their respective settings..

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Course participants will recieve formal feedback and IV through written feedback on written tasks.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students may wish to undertake some background reading Recommendations for additional reading will be given during the course

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Inspiring Adult Learning

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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