…if one thing stands out about adult learning it is that a self-diagnosed need for learning produces much greater motivation to learn than does an externally diagnosed need. —Malcolm Knowles Assess As you have probably noticed, there are a couple of consistent themes throughout the AcaciAa™ Model, one of which is... Continue +
…seek learning conditions that enable each individual to reach the highest level of learning possible for her or him. —Benjamin Bloom, Hastings, & Madaus Ascend Over 50 years ago, between 1949 and 1953, a group of more than 30 university-level educators began meeting to discuss the development of a framework to outline... Continue +
Real Power
Real power comes from within. —Charles Haanel Internalize If you will recall our brief discussion about the fact that reading isn’t learning, you will see that it is only through internalizing what is being read that the learner engages in learning while reading. To restate—meaningful learning only happens when the learner... Continue +
If adult learners are not given the opportunity to create such an experience or encouraged to find existing connections that they can build on, they may revert to treating the material as something to be memorized, rather than understood. —Kathleen Taylor Connect According to Wolf (2006), when curricula, courses, and assignments... Continue +
It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.  — Charles Darwin There are many self-help books on the market today to assist people in changing their lives, careers, bodies, or relationships. Anyone who has made major changes in life and managed to... Continue +
 Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. — Albert Einstein As both a learner and an educator, it has oftentimes amazed me how easy it is to fall into lazy habits of thinking. Unfortunately, many students have never been taught what it means to think or process information,... Continue +
Attention is the first step in this [and every] learning experience. — Pat Wolfe Where does one begin when discussing/addressing/supporting cognitive strategy? In my opinion, when it comes to successful learning, it all begins with the learners’ ability to focus their attention. This may seem like an overly simplistic way to... Continue +
Once we stretch our mind around a new idea, it never returns to its former shape. — Oliver Wendell Holmes Becoming a strong, capable learner is one of the most rewarding accomplishments any person can achieve; however, individuals must claim this for themselves. No matter how much we would like to believe it, no one person can... Continue +
The end of January 2012 is just days away. I spent the weekend checking my personal inventory to be sure I have addressed all of my annual January chores. Dental and medical appointments Create a list of things financial goals for the year Update my résumé and professional connections This is a rather standard list of very basic... Continue +
Is 2012 really already here? Where did 2011 go? If you find yourself asking these questions then like many people you may feel like you didn't get everything that you wanted to achieve accomplished in 2011. Many people settle for this frustration year after year after year. But you don't have to.If you have ever dreamed of... Continue +
I recently conducted a webinar in which I grew annoyed with myself when I noticed that I was speaking in a strange manner. I used the word actually over and over again. It wasn’t misplaced use though. Each time I said the word it truly fit the situation. But I was very aware of the fact that in nearly every sentence I was... Continue +
Can you believe August has already rolled around and the start of fall semester is right around the corner? It seems like just yesterday we were all talking about our New Year’s resolutions and what we wanted to achieve this year. Now here we are, 8 months into the year with 2012 coming quickly around the bend.All of... Continue +
Have you ever had one of those moments in life in which you suddenly realized that from this point on everything is going to be different? Not just different, but better? Oftentimes these moments occur when we are engaged in learning something new; something that we know for a fact is going to take us to a new place in... Continue +
Here's an interesting quote I stumbled upon recently.If adult learners are not given the opportunity to create...or encouraged to find existing connections they can build on, they may revert to treating the material as something to be memorized, rather than understood.  --Kathleen TaylorDo you approach learning as if it's an... Continue +
The Center for Learning Empowerment (CLE) has gone live in The College Network's Resource Center!!! The completion of this site has been a personal and professional goal for quite some time and now it's come to fruition. If you're a customer of The College Network you owe it to yourself to log in to the Resource Center and see... Continue +
…it’s hard on some days to keep your head above water. How do you keep everything moving forward when so many people need so much from you?If you have ever had this thought—let’s face it, we all have at one point or another—then you probably need to take a quick inventory of what you’re balancing on your proverbial plate by... Continue +
At some point in your K-12 education, you probably found value in the use of flashcards. But have you thought about using them now that you’re an adult learner?Flashcards are a GREAT tool for committing almost anything to memory. And let’s face it, when you begin any type of academic or training program, there is quite a bit of... Continue +
Recently, the Sloan Consortium, a group committed to quality online education, released the results of its online education 2010 survey. Why does this matter to you? Well, for those of you who aren’t sure about the value and/or quality of online learning, it may make your decision to enter an online program a little easier.The... Continue +
So many times when we want to change where we are in life, we end up doing more of the same thing we’re already doing. I’m sure there’s a formal name for this but I generally refer to it as human nature because in most situations, people just don’t know what it is they don’t know. The same is true when people want to... Continue +
Books that tell you how to bring about change in your life are a dime a dozen these days. But if you’re pursuing that type of information, and you purchase and read several of those books, you will begin to see a pattern emerge. You see, whether you’re trying to lose weight, make more money, or master a new form of... Continue +
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