Integrating Learning and Experience through Experiential Learning

“Everyone has experience and learning; and new learning experiences emerge when we integrate the two together.” I am stating the obvious when it comes to the diversity of people… You know already knew that, right? You also know our experiences and our learning styles are diverse too, don’t you? I bet you do! As you are reading…

On Memory – How Do We Make Memories?

“We often prefer making memories of things we want to remember in the future, but we should also make memories of things we need to remember for the future.” Making memories, or the idea of remembering things, can mean a number of things to different people: Recognizing (e.g. Multiple Choice), Recalling (e.g. Short Answers), even…

On the Move – Driving Motivation in Learning Environments

“The more we sell education like a corporate business, the more it becomes like one.” In a business model of education, our motivation to learn tends to shift towards the extrinsic, with usually some incentive. For example, immigrants and international students in Vancouver want to learn English to get into better jobs or schools (e.g. SFU, UBC) ,…

In the Classroom: Creating a Positive Learning Environment

“To effectively manage a classroom is to effective manage people in a classroom setting. Flexibility falls flat without structure, but structures stay stiff without flexibility.” In classroom management, the content, contexts, techniques, and results are diverse, just like the characteristics of adult learners. Last time we explored the diversity of the students, this time we will explore the intricacies…

The Diverse Characteristics of Adult Learners

“The more effectively we provide educational opportunities for adults, in all their diversity, the more effective they will be as lifelong learners.” As the field of adult learning continues to expand through continuing studies programs across major post-secondary campuses (e.g. SFU, UBC, UVIC, Douglas, Langara, and VCC), as well as various development programs around Vancouver (e.g. YMCA, Small…

Lectures: A Current Trend in Adult Education

“Adult education takes place within various contexts: Lectures dispense knowledge and spread ideas; Tutorials share knowledge and exchange ideas; Study groups practice knowledge and generate ideas. So how do instructors help students learn effectively in each of them?” Many Universities still hold lectures for hundreds of students per week in 1st year courses. Many of these are…

Calculators: A Current Trend in Math Education

“Every student in North America has a calculator, but fewer and fewer are learning how to do math without one.” When I started tutoring collegiate math back in 2010, I worked with First Nations students at SFU’s Indigenous Student Centre as their Academic Tutor. The most common math course that I tutor there is FAN-X99 “Foundations of Analytical and…

How Mentoring Helped Me through 11 Years of SFU

When I started my post-secondary education at SFU in Fall 2001. I had no idea that I would be spending 11 years there, with 3 degree attempts: 130 undergraduate credits, 35 graduate credits. 4 C-s, 2 Ds, 3 Fs, and 1 N (for skipping my final exam), with a CPGA of 1.914 when I flunked…

On Trends & Roles in Adult Education

As the culture of life-long learning continues to thrive in North America, the trends and roles in Adult Education continue to diversify as we prepare for future generations. Furthermore, the number and diversity of life-long learners and adult educators continue to expand in multicultural and multigenerational cities with urban populations. In short, trends are shifting, cultures and…

Who’s Mr. Angus Beef?

Mr. Angus Beef was born when one of his younger students call him that for fun, and wanted to eat him. Then Angus played along and asked the student which part he would like to eat, and that name sort of stuck around since. Before that, Angus went by different names. He was born with King Chee…