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"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." ~Goethe

The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities


After receiving a MS in Instructional Design and Technology, I hope to become an Instructional Specialist with the Federal Government, in which I ‘m currently employed as a Human Resources Assistant.  An instructional specialist in my organization works with different program areas to develop training curriculum that will better serve their area. The most challenging factor of becoming an Instructional Specialist for the government is being able to develop a program that is engaging to adults. How can you entice adults into taking additional training, and persuading them that this training would be beneficial to their career? I have discovered blogs about Instructional Design and Adult Learning that I found very helpful in my quest for understanding how my future role can better serve government employees.

How to Incorporate Principles of Adult Learning into Training

In this blog, the author introduced the term andragogy, which Malcolm Knowles coined to explain the art and science of how adults learn. Knowles developed core principles of adult learning that will help an instructional designer better understand adult learners, and better create and facilitate training. The core principles are:

  • Self-Direction
  • Experience
  • Time Orientation
  • Relevance
  • Benefit
  • Self-Esteem
  • Participation

When taken into consideration, I believe each principle can help an instructional designer reach the adult student and yield great results in knowledge retention and participation.  The core principles can be used as a blue print creating training.

Applying Instructional Techniques to Connect With Learners
In this blog, the author relates his personal experience of traveling to Bali with his career as a facilitator. He explained how the people of Bali are very interested in getting to know others and making a connection. The author believes that connecting with learners is extremely important in this field because it better assist the facilitator with knowing what the student needs from them. In addition, the author believes this connection fosters more participation.
I believe connecting to your students or organization is key in instructional design. You need to know how to serve the people with which you are working. You need to know the culture of the organization, how the people learn, and what they want/need to learn.

Brain-friendly first impressions can get your learning event off to a good start
This blog combines information on the brain, how it relates to learning, and how it affects students and facilitators. The author explains how different emotions, such as anxiety and fear, can hinder learning. It was stated that it can take only  seven seconds for the brain to evaluate whether a situation may or may not be rewarding; and this fear can block certain parts of the brain that are necessary for learning.  This blog divulges more on how the facilitator emotions can affect successful learning; and give tips to on how the facilitator can use these emotions to create a successful learning environment.
This blog was very interesting of how psychological factors of both the learner and the facilitator play a role in the learning process. I consider psychological parts of the brain to be passive and the learning parts to be active; and it is wise for any instructional design specialist to have knowledge about both.


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5 thoughts on “The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities

  1. Hi Traci! It looks like this is your first blog post…congratulations and welcome to the field of training and instructional design! Langevin is grateful to you for mentioning two of our instructor blogs. We’re glad the content resonated with you! All the best, Shelley

  2. Do you mean “andragogy”? I think “androgyny” might mean characteristics of both sexes.

    This link compares the difference between pedagogy vs andragogy:

  3. To continue from my previous post…

    I recently learned about andragogy. It is a term I learned from online education and instructional design. The teaching methods and design towards adults is much different than teaching children, which is more known as pedagogy. Andragogy takes into account the motivation for learning from adults are more internally driven compared to children’s external motivations for learning. Furthermore, adults already have knowledge from various experiences and training. Their learning is more emphasized from want to learn from their classmates and peers.

  4. Hi Tee. You are absolutely correct. Never trust Microsoft Word Spell Check. I made the corrections to my post.

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