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At the completion of every semester, I take the time to reflection upon all of the work I have completed, and all that I have learned. The course Online Teaching for Adult Learners has continued to transform my thinking regarding education, and the theories, designs, and methods surrounding the acquisition of knowledge.
From a technological standpoint, I now feel confident in my ability to create tutorials, specifically with screencasting. I had create tutorials where I was not present within the tutorial, but I now understanding that instructor presence is crucial to the community of inquiry framework.
From a pedagogical standpoint, I now understand andragogy, especially due to the reframing of my schema of pedagogy. Before this course, I did not know that andragogy was even a learning theory, but I was able to take what I knew about pedagogy and look at those theories through an “andragogy lens”.
I will use what I have learned about andragogy when I design new courses, assignments, and assessments. I create a course related to cybersecurity this semester, and I used many of the best practices that andragogy theorists recommend. The learning is self-directed, internally motivated, and allows students to use their knowledge to teach others. I plan to advertise this course on Twitter, and will conduct surveys to understand student perception of the course. Once the course has been evaluated, I plan to include the course in my portfolio as I look for careers in Instructional Design.
I am excited to continue to use my newfound knowledge as I continue along my lifelong learning path. If you would like to visit my cybersecurity course, please click here: LINK (Weebly site).