PIDP 3100 Assignment 3: Lesson Planning


Characteristics of Adult Learners:


Benton, B. (2012).  Debate, diversity, and adult learners: The experience of foreign nationals in the U.S. state department.  Argumentation & Advocacy, 49(2), 100-114.

Queensland Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Collaborative. (n.d.).  Adult learning theory and principles.  Retrieved from



I selected two resources for this category.  The first is a link to a website summarizing the characteristics of adult learners into six “adult learning principles”.  I chose this resource because it immediately emphasized aspects of andragogy that I find essential, as well; things like the value of the process of learning and using problem-based and collaborative approaches as opposed to strictly didactic.  I chose the second resource, an article documenting the experience of foreign adult learners (albeit based in the United States), because ethnical diversity is a large and important reality in the Vancouver area.


Creating a Positive Learning Environment:


University of Saskatchewan. (n.d.)  Building a positive learning environment.  Retrieved from



I selected this resourceful webpage because it provides two videos of seven different instructors intelligently discussing the topics “Creative a Positive Learning Environment” and “Fostering Student Engagement”.  The page also provides links to sub-articles examining issues like Effective Communication, Class Attendance, Discrimination and Harassment Prevention, and Approaches to Consciously Build the Environment.  While several items discussed in the video are beyond my current understanding, having not experienced instructing as they have, this page will be helpful to revisit in the future when I find myself dealing with the same issues I am currently ignorant of.


Motivational Techniques:


Smart Teaching.  (2008, August).  100+ motivational techniques to take learning to the next level.  Retrieved from



While this webpage merely provides 101 one- or two-sentence ideas for instructors to help keep their students motivated, each technique is labeled with a succinct title to aid in quickly finding specific methods while searching through the long list.  Also, subcategories including Learning Environment, Feedback, Learning Opportunities, Online Learners, and Self-Motivation follow after the initial General heading to narrow down searches even further.  It is a simple, fun, easy resource for quick, on-the-go, creative ideas.  I can see myself searching this list often in the future to improve my instruction.


Instructional Process/Strategies:


Doherty, B.  (2012, January 25).  Tips for teaching adult students.  Faculty Focus  Retrieved from



I chose this online article because it comes packed with useful quotes from scholarly publications and does a wonderful job of keeping what truly matters in adult education at the forefront of the reader’s mind.  With five simple tips, Doherty simplifies the key aspects of the instructional process in dealing with adult students.  Upon reading, I almost released a sigh of relief, realizing straightforward strategies like treating students like the adults they are or being efficient with classroom time so as to respect their likely busy lives are simple tactics that are simultaneously easy as well as effective.




Peterson, D. (n.d.).  Lesson plan for adults:  Easy, effective lesson plan design for teaching adults. Continuing Education.  Retrieved from



I chose this online article because it takes the large daunting task of lesson planning for adult education and breaks it down into very straight-forward and surprisingly specific steps.  It provides links to innumerable similarly resourceful articles by the same author and by other scholars, as well.  I will without a doubt revisit this article on several occasions in the future to help me plan any lessons I may be charged with instructing.  It has already helped to calm any nerves from merely thinking about the massive project of planning future lessons.


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