Author: Sarah Cordiner

The Three Major Impacts That ‘Environment’ Can Have on Adult Learning Programs

All adult learning, even self-directed learning, rarely occurs “in splendid isolation from the world in which the learner lives; it is intimately related to that world and affected by it”. (Jarvis, 1987). Adult learning does not occur in a vacuum. What we need or want to learn, the opportunities that are available and the manner in which we learn, are all largely determined by the societal influences under which we live. This could be as micro as the ‘society’ of the classroom that the training is being conducted in, to as macro as where we feel our position is...

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10 Ways to Foster Self-Directed Learning in Your Training

The most effective training programs have been designed to meet the fundamental principles of adult learning – one of the most important of which is ensuring that there is an element of self-directedness in the learning experience.  But too many training programs get this very wrong, leaving their learners feeling unsupported and neglected.  There is far more to self-directed learning than just ‘leaving them to it’, and in this article adult education specialist Sarah Cordiner will show you 10 ways to get it right.   One of the fundamental principles of successful adult education programs, is ensuring that there...

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4 Ways To Increase Practical Participation in Online Learning

There is no learning quite like getting your hands stuck in and learning your profession by ‘just doing it’. Allowing our learners to ‘have a go’ in a situation as close to real-life as possible will enhance the learning experience considerably, as we retain more information when we physically practice it, instead of just see or hear about it. On-the-job training is often the only way to learn some roles, as trying to explain, simulate or predict some situations is simply ineffective, if not impossible. Strong supporters of the learn-by-doing principle would argue that true skill, mastery and autonomy...

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Building Educational Efficacy: 12 Ways To Ensure Employee Training is Not Failing Your Business

    You are ALWAYS teaching confidence, self-esteem and self-efficacy. If you choose to ignore this, then you are choosing to ignore our own success, too. In this article, Sarah Cordiner will show you how to ensure your training programs give your learners the results that really matter. According to Albert Bandura, a significant researcher in self-efficacy, there are four major ways that we can increase our learners’ self-efficacy: Mastery Experiences This is the most powerful efficacy influencer of all. When we experience ‘mastery’, we are learning from our own direct experiences.  By creating training that allows our students...

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11 Ways To Beat Self-Doubt & Imposter Syndrome When Creating Online Courses

Imposter syndrome kicks in when we spend more time focusing on the things we don’t have an can’t do, instead of all of the things that we do have and can do.  Here is a simple fact: it is IMPOSSIBLE to know EVERYTHING about a topic.  There is so much information, science, data, opinions, studies, theories, ideas, discussions and more out there that it is an impossibility to keep up with and retain all of that information in our human heads. As an educator and course creator, You have a wealth of valuable content and expertise to share –...

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