Inspiring Adult Learning - Online

Ref: C3530364

This course 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.

Course aim

To 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 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 purpose and nature of adult education
  • Define the roles, responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning
  • Describe inclusive learning and teaching in lifelong learning, identifying how three common barriers to inclusion might be overcome
  • Describe the principles of assessment in lifelong learning, comparing and evaluating different approaches
  • Create a course outline and a scheme of work for a fourteen hour course 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
  • Activities may include tutor presentation, small group work, working in pairs, class discussions, short tasks and research You may be asked to do other work in your own time to support your learning

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
  • Formal feedback and IV through written feedback on written tasks

What else do I need to know?

  • This course is run online so you will need to have laptop/computer with internet access, webcam and microphone.

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?

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Inspiring Adult Learning - Online

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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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