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ERIC Number: EJ1125810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Knowledge Café: A Unique Teaching Experience
Baim, Susan A.
Journal of Effective Teaching, v16 n3 p85-106 2016
Teaching adult learners in a community-based educational setting differs in many ways from applying typical campus-based or online instructional best practices. Adult learners show tremendous diversity in their backgrounds, approach learning in a myriad of different ways, and rely heavily on their past experiences to help guide their future knowledge acquisition. Teaching a thoroughly engaged and eclectic group of adult learners in an "off-campus" setting can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. This paper describes a collaborative partnership, known as The Knowledge Café, between a local community foundation and a regional campus of a major university to provide business owners with advanced knowledge on professional social media technologies. Details regarding how the partnership was established are presented, along with teaching insights from the inaugural year of operation. Suggested future work and activities provide an overview of how The Knowledge Café may evolve as the campus-community partnership continues to grow.
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Teaching Experience, Adult Students, Social Media, Technology Uses in Education, School Community Relationship, Community Involvement, Service Learning, Extension Education, Cooperative Learning, Universities, Group Dynamics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio