ERIC Number: EJ1159224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Applying Theories of Adult Learning in Developing Online Programs in Gerontology
Carter, Christy S.; Solberg, Lauren B.; Solberg, Laurence M.
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v23 n2 p197-205 Nov 2017
The Department of Aging and Geriatric Research at the University of Florida College of Medicine has established online education programs to provide healthcare professionals with advanced training in the field of gerontology to establish proficiency in providing quality care to older individuals. A major barrier to creating our online education programs was the challenge of transitioning our faculty from a traditional face-to-face learning environment to an online platform. A current trend in this type of professional development is to treat the faculty themselves as adult learners. Meyer has made several recommendations for professional faculty development specific to online education based on an extensive literature review. Here we present a reflection on how we addressed these various recommendations in the professional development of our faculty. We focus on our team's ability to mentor the faculty through the course creation process by piloting an adult learning/transformative theory approach to instruct the faculty to think as online educators. Our intent is to inform other educators creating similar programs so they may learn from our experiences and use our methods for creating their own online education programs, especially with a "lean team."
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Learning Theories, Gerontology, Electronic Learning, Health Personnel, College Faculty, Faculty Development, Transformative Learning, Instructional Design, Student Centered Learning, Communities of Practice, Professional Autonomy, Teacher Participation, Diversity (Faculty)
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Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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