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Rogers-Shaw, Carol; Carr-Chellman, Davin J.; Choi, Jinhee – Adult Learning, 2018
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for the teaching-learning transaction that conceptualizes knowledge through learner-centered foci emphasizing accessibility, collaboration, and community. Given the importance of access to achieving social justice, UDL is a promising approach to meeting all learners' needs more effectively. In…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Guidelines, Adult Students, Online Courses
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Lohr, Kathy D.; Haley, Karen J. – Adult Learning, 2018
Adult learners are taking advantage of the availability and convenience of online education. Mature learners in online higher education classrooms bring a wealth of experience filtered through cultural, generational, and socioeconomical differences. The purpose of this research was to explore community building in an online graduate course by…
Descriptors: Cues, Online Courses, Graduate Students, Adult Learning
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Martin, Moira – Adult Learning, 2018
Community college classrooms afford students from a variety of backgrounds the possibility to engage and inform one another with respect to their unique perspectives and life experiences. Unfortunately, in many of these situations, students find themselves self-critical, and their internal comparisons with others may impede the potential of a…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Transformative Learning, Community Colleges, Metacognition
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Cherrstrom, Catherine A.; Zarestky, Jill; Deer, Shannon – Adult Learning, 2018
Adult learners often experience uncertainty, isolation, and, in graduate school, angst about meeting program requirements. Therefore, graduate students created and facilitated a seminar series and preliminary examination study group. The experience, however, transcended seminars and study meetings to build relevant and meaningful community. The…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Graduate Students, Qualitative Research, Communities of Practice
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Glowacki-Dudka, Michelle; Mullett, Cathy; Griswold, Wendy; Baize-Ward, Amy; Vetor-Suits, Crissy; Londt, Susan Cole – Adult Learning, 2018
Using a framework of care to design experiences in formal or informal learning does two things. It acknowledges intentions of reflective learning through open communication and meets expectations of scholars seeking knowledge within a learning community. This proposed framework was developed from programs involving popular education, community…
Descriptors: Models, Popular Education, Adult Education, Community Education
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Majeski, Robin A.; Stover, Merrily; Valais, Teresa – Adult Learning, 2018
The community of inquiry (COI) model identifies elements which are fundamental to a successful online learning experience, namely, teaching presence, cognitive presence, and social presence. The model has received empirical support as a useful framework for understanding the online learning experience. A limitation of the model is its…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Inquiry, Electronic Learning, Models
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Sparrow, Gregory S. – Adult Learning, 2017
Professional membership organizations have long maintained their exposure and revenue stream through a variety of traditional avenues, most notably memberships, sponsored conferences, and professional journals. The synergy of this three-tiered model has depended on a certain enhanced status derived from membership benefits and proprietary…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Integrated Learning Systems, Continuing Education, Professional Associations
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Osam, E. Kobena; Bergman, Matt; Cumberland, Denise M. – Adult Learning, 2017
The composition of the college population has shifted from a bastion of full-time 18- to 22-year-old students to a far more diverse population that typically works part-time or full-time, has greater family commitments, is over 24, and is juggling various competing responsibilities while attending college. This shift has prompted researchers to…
Descriptors: Barriers, Access to Education, Adult Students, Reentry Students
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Larrotta, Clarena – Adult Learning, 2017
Rhetorical analysis was a required unit of study for college students enrolled in intermediate English as a second language (ESL) composition. Twenty-six students participated in a project creating an original product and its infomercial. The project aimed at increasing student motivation to continue writing essays in English and providing a space…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Advanced Students, Writing (Composition)
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Simoncini, Kym; Pamphilon, Barbara; Mikhailovich, Katja – Adult Learning, 2017
This article describes the rationale, development, and outcomes of two place-based, dual-language picture books with agricultural messages for women farmers and their families in Papua New Guinea. The purpose of the books was to disseminate better agricultural and livelihood practices to women farmers with low literacy. The books were designed and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Picture Books, Adult Learning, Teaching Methods
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Wyrostek, Warren; Downey, Steven – Adult Learning, 2017
Practitioners use an expansive array of instructional design models. Although many of these models acknowledge the need for analyzing occupational roles, they do not define steps for conducting these analyses. This article reviews prominent models and provides prescriptive guidance for selecting appropriate models given a project's (a) Product…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Models, Curriculum Development, Decision Making
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Helterbran, Valeri R. – Adult Learning, 2017
Many older learners are choosing to return to school to meet varying learning needs; some are returning to satisfy a lifelong desire to earn a college degree. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the motivation and experiences of adults aged 65 years or older who earned a bachelor's degree in retirement and their perceptions…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Retirement, Bachelors Degrees, Educational Attainment
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Wahlgren, Bjarne; Mariager-Anderson, Kristina – Adult Learning, 2017
Dropout is a serious problem within education. This article reports on an intervention project, titled "New Roles for the Teacher--Increased Completion Rates Through Social Responsibility," which sought to reduce nonattendance and drop-out rates in the Danish adult educational system by improving teachers' competences. This goal was…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Social Responsibility, Graduation Rate, Program Improvement
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Wright, Robin Redmon – Adult Learning, 2017
This reflection considers the importance of and responsibility to graduate research supervision through an examination of a published dissertation that has had significant influence on the country's current immigration debate. The author exhorts both graduate students and adult education faculty to insist on clearly stated theoretical and…
Descriptors: Immigration, Doctoral Dissertations, Graduate Students, Adult Students
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Cherrstrom, Catherine A.; Robbins, Stacey E.; Bixby, John – Adult Learning, 2017
Academic publications provide insights into a discipline's history, knowledge base, and research norms, and thus analyzing publication activity provides learning about the field of study. To learn more about the field of adult and continuing education, this study used content analysis to examine 10 years of "Adult Learning" from 2006…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Journal Articles, Adult Learning, Continuing Education
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