The Essence of Transformational Adult Learning


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The theory of transformative learning theory, first articulated by Mezirow and further refined in his later publications, is about change – dramatic, fundamental change in the way we see ourselves and the world.

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Teachers Easy Guide to Social Learning


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“For learning to be successful it has to have a social ingredient in it. This social ingredient requires observation, attention and interaction. Students tend to learn better when they use their observational skills attentively. Thankfully, the new emerging technology provides these requirements and the onus is on the teacher to show students how to use and leverage such technology in their learning.”

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What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day


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Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school.

How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list.

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Video: Future Learning – Unlock the Learning Potential of Young Minds


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“Students are the future, but what’s the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn.”

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A Third of Young Australians in Training in 2011

Auto mechanics class at Chawama Youth Resource...

Auto mechanics class at Chawama Youth Resource Centre (Photo credit: IICD)

“A third (32.1%) of young Australians aged 15-19 years participated in vocational education and training in 2011.

Released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Australian vocational education and training statistics: Students and courses 2011 provides an annual, national snapshot of student enrolments and training activity.

The 15-19 year age group also saw growth of an additional 16 200 students, making up 25.4% of the total student population.”

To read more visit The National Council for Vocational Education and Research – NCVER – Australia:

Open Courseware Consortium

Outstanding Educational Resource: The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.

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“The World Health Organization has ambitious goals to reduce the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by half by the year 2015. To achieve this goal, attention should be paid to educate students in developing countries. The OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative, as started by Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, on water management/drinking water engineering aims to educate its own students in addition to students and life-long learners in developing countries across the globe.”

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Prior Learning

By Dean Dad from Inside Higher Education – very interesting piece about Prior Learning:

“If you haven’t seen Paul Fain’s piece in IHE about credit for prior learning, check it out. It’s a great introduction to a topic that it ready to break big over the next couple of years.
The piece points out, correctly, that two major national organizations — ACE and CAEL — have established increasingly popular protocols for measuring prior learning and awarding appropriate academic credit.  Campuses have generally been circumspect about mentioning that, for reasons both valid and, well, not as much.
A few thoughts on prior learning from a community college perspective:
1. We need to be absolutely clear on the difference between “prior learning” and “life experience.”  They are not remotely the same thing…
2. Faculty resistance and conflicts of interest.  The folks on the non-credit/corporate training side of the college have been pushing “credit for non-credit learning” for years.  I’ve been reluctant to move too quickly on that for fear of setting off thermonuclear war with the faculty, who would likely respond to any hint of alternate routes for academic credit as an existential threat. It’s a sticky area… “


To read more go here at Inside Higher Ed

What I’ve Learned About Learning

From Zen Habits – Breathe – To read more follow the link.

‘We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.’ ~Lloyd Alexander.

Post written by Leo Babauta.

“I am a teacher and an avid learner, and I’m passionate about both.

I’m a teacher because I help Eva homeschool our kids — OK, she does most of the work, but I do help, mostly with math but with everything else too. I also teach habits, writing/blogging, simplicity and other fun topics in online courses.

I’m a lifelong learner and am always obsessively studying something, whether that’s breadmaking or language or wine or chess or writing or fitness.

Here’s are two key lessons — both really the same lesson — I’ve learned about learning, in all my years of study and in trying to teach people:

  1. Almost everything I’ve learned, I didn’t learn in school; and
  2. Almost everything my students (and kids) have learned, they learned on their own.

Those two lessons (or one lesson) have a number of reasons and implications for learning. Let’s take a look at some of them, in hopes you might find them useful.”


Related Articles

Collaboration is critical for progressive organisations to succeed – so says HBR

Article by: Al Novas posted in June 2011. From Social Learning Blog:

“On the cover of this month’s Harvard Business Review highlights the importance of collaboration at progressive companies. Collaboration has received a lot of press, now a centerpiece and on the cover of one of the top management and leadership publications in the world. So it must be important. I agree with HBR and the other articles that discuss the merits of collaboration, social and informal learning in the marketplace. (If interested in a free chapter from the new book The New Social Learning, just click through).

One scenario described in the article Are you a Collaborative Leader in this month’s HBR discusses how got its entire workforce engaged in their internal (now external) product called Chatter.”