Archive for adult education

upcoming industry conferences and events 2009-2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by ruyoung

Bridging the Gap: Serious Games to Game-Based Learning
Feb 19, 2009
Toronto, ON, Canada

Campus Crisis Simulation: Improving Campus-Wide Response to an Emergency
Feb 25-27, 2009
Irvine, CA, USA

Hybrid Learning: Instructional and Institutional Implementation
Feb 27,2009

Faculty Development in Blended/Online Learning
Mar 2-4,2009
Denver, CO, USA

Financial Information for Continuing Education Decision-Making
Mar 9, 2009

E-learning and language…the spirit of the age
Mar 14-15, 2009
Cairo, Egypt

Game Based Learning
Mar 19-20, 2009
London, London, United Kingdom

Globally Competitive Education – the need for enlightened leadership and system
Apr 2-4, 2009
Jabalpur, India

Language Education Today: between Theory and practice
May 8-9, 2009
Timisoara, Romania

Community Engagement and Service: The Third Mission of Universities
May 18-20, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Creative Skills Training Council Internationale 2009
May 26-29, 2009
Melacca, Malaysia

Educating Youth for Citizenship: East and West
Jun 1-3, 2009
Beijing, China

European College Teaching & Learning Conference
Jun 8-11, 2009
Prague, Czech Republic

EEEL 2009 – International Conference on e-Education and e-Learning
Jun 24, 2009
Paris, France

EDULEARN09 (International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies)
Jul 6-8, 2009
Barcelona, Spain

EC-TEL 09- Fourth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2009
Cannes, France

Global Education Network (GEN) Conference
Oct 8-10,2009
San Diego, CA, USA

Edge 2009: Inspiration and Innovation in Teacher education
Oct 14-16, 2009
St. John’s, NF, Canada

mLearn 2009 – 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
Oct 26-30, 2009
Orlando, FL, USA

2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society
Jul 21-24, 2010
Paris, France


upcoming industry conferences (2009)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by ruyoung

eek! i haven’t been blogging for a month due to the holidays, personal injury, family emergency, and job hunting, and then just as i was compiling this blog post, we were among the 100,000 people in toronto that lost power and heat thu night. now with power, here’s a list of upcoming industry conferences, including some great online events in the next few weeks:

google search for your school
jan 21, 2009

educon 2.1
jan 23-25, 2009
philadelphia, pa, usa (virtual attendance available)

2nd annual forum on e-learning excellence in the middle east
jan 26-29, 2009
dubai, united arab emirates

adult students: meeting market demands both online and in the classroom
jan 27, 2009

college & university performance conference 2009
jan 28-30, 2009
arlington, va, usa

designing a learner assisstance program for students with disabilities
jan 29, 2009

ten steps to building a successful retention and graduation program
feb 5, 2009

new learning technologies
feb 18-20, 2009
orlando, fl, usa

student symposium on african education: interrogating quality within the african context
feb 27, 2009
new york, ny, usa

mcgill 8th annual education graduate students’ society conference
mar 13-14, 2009
montreal, qc, canada

6th international conference on informatics, education technology and new media in education
mar 28-29, 2009
sombor, yugoslavia

elearning and software for education conference – else 2009
apr 9-10, 2009
bucharest, romania

teaching english in multilingual contexts: current challenges, future directions
apr 18-19, 2009
karachi, pakistan

theatre pedagogy: teaching the art form
apr 23-26, 2009
new york, ny, usa

engaged teachers, engaged learners
apr 29-may 2, 2009
edmonton, ab, canada

elearning africa 2009
may 27-29, 2009
dakar, senegal

solstice 2009 – it’s all in the blend? innovation, research and development: enhancing learning with technologies
jun 4, 2009
ormskirk, uk

8th international language & development conference
jun 23-25, 2009
dhaka, bangladesh

the 2009 international conference on e-learning, e-business, enterprise information systems, and e-government (eee’09)
jul 13-16, 2009
las vegas, nv, usa

the 2009 international conference on frontiers in education: computer science and computer engineering (fecs’09)
jul 13-16, 2009
las vegas, nv, usa

international conference on imagination and education
jul 15-18, 2009
vancouver, bc, canada

international conference on the role of universities in hands-on education
aug 24-29, 2009
chiang mai, thailand

knowledge, work and class
oct 22-24, 2009
detroit, mi, usa

the iasted international conference on global education ~ge 2009~
nov 2-4, 2009
cambridge, ma, usa

if anyone would like to guest blog from any of these events, please contact me.

2008 bloggers choice awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2008 by ruyoung

i’ve been nominated for the 2008 bloggers choice awards in the education category.

if you’d like to vote for my blog as well, click on this badge:

My site was nominated for Best Education Blog!

what an honour – thank you veganbilly!

andragogy vs pedagogy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 24, 2008 by ruyoung

as i was poking around the continuing education forum, i saw the word “andragogy”, and was surprised to admit to myself that this is a new word to me.

i’ve been well aware of the word pedagogy, the art and science of teaching children, from the greek word meaning child-leading. however, in doing some research, i see that andragogy is from the greek word for adult-leading, and is the art and science of teaching adults, but also refers to a learner-focussed education.

the difference seems to lie in the intellectual ability of the student. eduard lindeman and martha anderson developed the concepts of andragogy, but it was malcolm knowles, scholar, academic administrator, and author, who breathed new popularity into the word as “the process of engaging adult learners in the structure of the learning experience”, and is contemplated as:

  1. Self-concept: As a person matures his self concept moves from one of being a dependent personality toward one of being a self-directed human being
  2. Experience: As a person matures he accumulates a growing reservoir of experience that becomes an increasing resource for learning.
  3. Readiness to learn. As a person matures his readiness to learn becomes oriented increasingly to the developmental tasks of his social roles.
  4. Orientation to learning. As a person matures his time perspective changes from one of postponed application of knowledge to immediacy of application, and accordingly his orientation toward learning shifts from one of subject-centeredness to one of problem centredness.
  5. Motivation to learn: As a person matures the motivation to learn is internal

more in-depth explanations of these points can be found on the informal education andragogy page.

knowles himself later concluded that age is no longer the determining factor for distinguishing between the use of andragogy and pedagogy, but rather it has transformed into andragogy being the term for self-directed learning, and pedagogy for teacher-directed learning.

however, progressive education theorists denounce the use of the word andragogy on the basis that it adds confusion since its main expressions are not specific to adults.

comparing adult learners in knowledge-based economies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by ruyoung

a report from statistics canda contemplates the findings of a study of adult learners between canada, united states, norway, and switzerland.

each country reported nearly or more than 50% of the adult population enrolment in organised forms of adult learning during the year preceding the interview. most said it was for job-related reasons and a very small percentage had been engaged in adult learning for personal reasons.

“The dominance of work-related reasons for participating remains unchanged over a person’s entire working life. It is notable, for example, that close to 90% of Canadians with job tenure of more than 21 years who reported participating in an organized form of adult learning in 2002 did so for job-related reasons, a percentage that is similar to employees who had been in the job for between one and five years.

These results suggest that a large proportion of Canadians are active participants in what is now commonly referred to as the ‘knowledge-based economy’ and are ready to upgrade their skills in order to improve and/or maintain their prospects in the labour market. At the same time, it is becoming rare for Canadian adults to engage in organized learning activities primarily for personal reasons or study for the sake of study.”

it is also worth noting that more than 50% of interviewed learners from all four countries reported that they received financial support from their employer, however learners from the european countries were more still likely to engage in education and training even when unemployed compared to the north american learners interviewed.
the report also contemplates the impact of job and workplace characteristics on adult learning as well as skills match-mismatch and participation in adult learning, but concludes that “it is worth noting that employer support for training favours high-skill workers in jobs with high skill requirements. That raises the question, then, of how best to create education and training opportunities for those in need of skills upgrading.”

upcoming industry conferences

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2008 by ruyoung

e-learning africa
may 28-30
accra, ghana

managing e-learning
may 29-30
melbourne, australia

embracing innovative e-learning technologies
jun 2-4
sydney, australia

ed-media 2008 – world conference on educational multimedia, hypermedia, and telecommunications
jun 3-4
vienna, austria

4th annual e-learning for financial institutions
jun 5-6
rome, italy

cite research symposium 2008 – empowering communities and transforming learning
jun 5-7
hong kong

international conference on educational research and practice
jun 10-11
putrajaya, malaysia

the 2nd conference and exhibition of training managers
jun 10-11
tehran, iran

canadian e-learning conference
jun 17-20
calgary, canada

conference on european education
jun 21-29
riva san vitale, switzerland

celebrating innovative ict in education practices: from idea to impact
jun 24-26
bangkok, thailand

world education forum sa international conference
jun 26-28
adelaide, australia

into seminar on teaching and learning
jun 28
nilai, malaysia

ict and learning for net generation
jul 7-10
kuala lumpur, malaysia

e-learning asia 2008
sep 10-11
seoul, korea

international conference of education, research, and innovation
nov 17-19
madrid, spain

learning technologies 2008
nov 5-7
mooloolaba, australia

e-learn 2008 – world conference on e-learning in corporate, government, healthcare, and higher education
nov 17-21
las vegas, usa

education upheaval – is there a right way to prepare adult learners?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2008 by ruyoung

i’m all for education upheaval, provided it is methodical, well thought out, and reasonable. upheaval for the sake of upheaval is wasted effort, but upheaval for the sake of valuable, forward-thinking change is not only encouraged, but essential.

last week mark at learning conversations put together a list of questions to ask before a new education system can be created from scratch. some questions with the most impact are:

What does society need from an education system?
What is the role of society?
What does the individual need from an education system?
How can we support learners’ progress towards their (our?) goals?
When will people learn?
When will people support learning?
How will we know the support is effective?
How will we know the resources we provide are effective?

this list could easily translate to adult education, specifically for retention and implementation. how will adults learn? how can we as corporate educators or as life-long instructors support learners’ progress towards goals that mesh with their industry, their organisation, their values, and their personal lives? what does an organisation or school or community need from an adult education system? and how will we know what resources are invested in adult education are effective and provide roi for both the learner and the organisation that initiated the learning?

and i cannot make this post without referencing the post mark made just before that, on lessons learned in professional learning, wherein he describes his initial thoughts on how important it is to set expectations and generate motivation.