One of the biggest highlights during the 4th TPM for “Improving Instructional Practices in Adult Learning and Supporting Adults Trainers’ Professional Development” (IPAL project) was the progress made on the second intellectual output.
The great eight!
The biggest effort in IO2 is the creation of 8 modules, covering the why, what, and how of a large spectrum of learning disciplines.
Following the progress made, the partnership offers a sneak peek of what every module is all about.
Module 1 offers you a range of ideas on how to flip your learning around. You learn how to guide your learners into covering all the theoretical material on their own so that you can spend your in-class time putting what’s in the thick books into actual practice.
Similarly, module 2 shows you how to turn your learning into a project, where students are invited to take complete ownership of their learning experience. This means that they are the ones figuring out the knowledge they need. The participants learn not for the sake of scoring high on a test but in order to achieve and produce something of actual value to the world around them.
Module 3 invites you to shift gears and put your attention to learning and teaching about things we either take for granted or don’t necessarily pay enough attention to namely – memory, imagination, and logical thinking.
Following, module 4 allows you to move from studying your intrapersonal cognitive abilities towards your interpersonal skills. In addition to exploring key communication principles, you also find information related to the importance of establishing proper dialogue not only with the learners themselves but also with their families.
Module 5 almost feels like a natural culmination of the previous two modules. The module demonstrates the power of sharing the ideas that your imagination offers you with others, through the means of creative activities and learning.
Then, module 6 gives you a plethora of tools and suggestions on how to take all your knowledge (including what you are learning) and share it digitally.
Module 7 is a healthy addition to everything covered, putting the necessary emphasis on metacognition, and the importance of monitoring in the learning process.
Finally, module 8 guides you into the principles that would allow you to have consistent, homogenous training with participants of various cultural backgrounds. The module offers you a selection of principles that would give you the necessary confidence to have healthy, culturally inclusive training.
And if you’ve ever thought that theory is taking way too much time, and you know that “practice” is the real name of the learning game, then you will be happy to know that each module has at least two activities bundled together with the rest of the content. With all modules taking shape, the partnership is turning its attention to the preparation of putting the content to the test in the real world and we are all eager to see the results!
The IPAL online learning platform will soon be available, offering all 8 modules to adult educators so as to equip them with necessary knowledge and skills to embed new learning approaches in their training.
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