Academic journal article Adult Learning

Orientation for Teachers New to Adult Education

Academic journal article Adult Learning

Orientation for Teachers New to Adult Education

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Orientation for Teachers New to Adult Education [interactive CD-ROM]. Hartford: Capitol Region Education Council, 1999. Available: CREC, 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.

"Orientation" is almost too ordinary a word for the blend of colors, sounds and ideas featured on this new CD-ROM. It's designed to give newcomers an array of themes about teaching adults; however, a not-so-new educator will enjoy "re-viewing" those long-known basics, too.

Each of four main sections (about the Adult Learner, About the Adult Educator, About the Adult Education Program, About Professional Development) is a series of well-designed screens. Topics include Maslow's hierarchy, the experiential learning cycle and teaching techniques. Some screens show video clips of real teachers speaking about their experiences. A smooth voiceover on other screens asks the viewer to type brief responses, which are then compared with preselected ones in low-suspense fashion. You can even take a learning style mini-inventory on-screen!

The CD contains a resource "room" too, where key articles such as Stephen Brookfield's Myths and Realities in Facilitating Adult Learning are filed. While you're in the room, make your own print of a lesson-plan form and scan a display of best-bet Internet sites.

Sample screens and audio from this CD can be accessed at You'll find an order form there as well.

My introduction to this compact resource was hampered only by some frustration (I'm not a techie!) in installing the CD. A card of Quick Start instructions which comes packed in the CD case, along with a handy print of the Readme. …

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