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…