Strategy # 4: Transformation by developing your knowledge of adult education
The last step or strategy that I can recommend is to gain knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of adult learning. If you’re not familiar with the basics, there are concepts that you can explore. This includes critical thinking, andragogy, self-directed learning, transformative learning, learning styles, motivation and cognition.
My suggestion is to search and read online sources related to higher education and then find a topic that interests you for further research. The more I read about topics that I enjoy, the more I’m interested in professional development. You will probably find that what you learn has a positive impact on your work as an educator and improves all areas of your teaching practice.
Working as an educator or someone who is deeply involved in student learning begins with the obligation to make it a career, not a job. I have developed a vision of how I want to be involved in every class I teach, and I recommend the same strategy to you. You may find it useful to develop teaching goals for your career and to link your teaching performance with these goals. For example, do you want to do the moderation tasks or do you want to spend the extra time it takes to create conditions for nursing classes?
After developing a vision and teaching goals, you can create a professional development plan that will stimulate your learning and growth in all of the areas I mentioned above. While this strategy may take a long time, it is helpful to remember that we always take time for what we think is the most important thing.
To be an educator is not to focus on professional functions, but to cultivate love for what you do and learn how to stand out for the benefit of your students. Becoming a committed and transforming educator happens when you decide that teaching students is only part of the learning process and you are working to change who you are and how you work while working and interacting with your students ,
If you change your teaching or lecturer role and become an educator regardless of your job title, you will also change the learning experience of your students. They provide them with the crucial element needed for real learning, as well as the involvement and commitment of the teacher. More importantly, you can humanize the learning experience and help promote your development needs. Students leave their class in a way and have learned something that they can apply to their academic activities, their lives and / or their careers. You will be transformed, and so will your students.
Dr. Johnson specializes in distance learning, adult education, faculty development, online teaching, career planning and career development. Dr. J has a Ph.D. in post-secondary and adult education, a certificate in training and performance improvement and a Master of Business Administration, MBA.