Importance of Relevance in Adult Learning
• Teaching What Students Want to Learn •
We all hear, “In these challenging times, we must ….. ”
In my professional experience, one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish in adult learning: Making Learning Relevant and Interesting to the Mature Adult.
Whether training mature learners in best use of smart phones, internet apps, iPhones, iPads and more – training has to be interesting and on-target – and fun!
A fundamental tenet of adult learning is Relevance.
I think we are seeing a shift in what senior adults deem “relevant” to their daily lives.
This is especially true when a senior adult has technology-savvy children and grandchildren.
We must find a way to help our less-than-tech-savvy parents find value and relevance in technology!
Assisting Adult Learners to Become Tech Savvy
Now, more than ever – mobile device and internet resources, tools and apps are increasingly relevant … if not absolutely necessary.
In 2020, basic internet resources and apps to know are:
1) Online Shopping
2) Online Grocery Pickup and Delivery
3) Web Conferencing (Zoom and Others)
4) Social Media (Facebook and Instagram)
5) Mobile Device Apps and Techniques
6) Resources for Email and Safely Surfing the Internet
Senior Adults Increasingly Favor Mobile Devices for Internet Access
In my work, I am seeing a shift away from use and learning centered on desktop and laptop computer applications and systems.
Mature Adults are increasingly wanting tech learning centered on mobile devices and internet resources.
• Highlighting the value of internet resources and apps.
• Showing adult learners how technology can help them overcome obstacles in their lives.
• And, by demonstrating how their lives are enhanced through the adoption of technology.
• Video Conference
• Share Photographs
• Share News Articles
• Send Text Messages
Each of these tools can help alleviate feelings of isolation.
Also, as we celebrate graduations and special events among the younger family members – mobile device technology and internet resources help families include grandparents and senior members in all family activities.
Help the Mature Adult Close to You Learn and Use Technology
Need Info on Classes or Individual Internet Coaching?
Your Personal Senior Adult TECH Trainer – Daphne Lee, M.Ed.
“From MAC to Windows to iPhone, iPad and social media –
I guide mature adults and seniors to the best (and most efficient!) use of everyday tech tools.”
Daphne Lee is an energetic technical trainer who has successfully developed and taught technical training classes and various training(s) for the past 15 years. She has taught corporate staff, professionals, the under-employed and seniors. A certified IT professional, Daphne trains in all areas of computers and smart phones. Her training classes range from computer operating systems to software applications to smart phones and more.
Daphne now engages retired and mature adult students in learning new tech. She makes learning new software and applications easy and fun for mature adults!
“This has been the most fun I’ve ever had learning computer use!” – Mature Adults Tech Training Student