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Adult Learning Through Online Video Presentation

Adult Learning Through Online Video Presentation

LLG 2 of the Adult Learning Class reviewed two different online video presentations to learn more about effective learning tools for adult learning. The first video reviewed, “Creating an Innovative Learning Environment”, by Patti Wanamaker was posted on YouTube and featured a presentation on learning environments for adult learners. The second video reviewed was “HyperThinking – Improve Your Day-to-Day Thinking”, presented by Phil Weiss, author of a book of the same title, through Udemy, a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC).

Creating an Innovative Learning Environment

This presentation met the group’s needs in terms of presenting a safe learning environment and an engaging topic. However, the presentation fell short in terms of the group’s expectations for production methods and engagement. It was clear that Ms. Wanamaker was a content area expert and offered many helpful tools in terms of innovative and engaging learning environments, which can be critical for adult learning. Despite the quality of information available, the technical deficiencies of the video production left much of the positive information inaccessible to the viewer. Specifically, the video quality was poor, the PowerPoint was not in sync with the lecture, and there were no pauses for summary or reflection.

HyperThinking – Improve Your Day-to-Day Thinking

This presentation also met the group’s needs in terms of presenting a safe learning environment and an engaging topic. This presentation offered good pacing, good production and presented opportunities for summary, reflection and through quizzes, tested for retention. The visual of the presenter providing the information in the workplace, while on the move at times, created the impression that the subject matter provided could be used in “real time” and was easily translated to any fast-paced environment. In addition, Mr. Weiss, who was clearly a content expert and leader in this subject area, provided the information in sync with graphics applicable to his presentation. The ability to pause between lessons and to easily review or skip forward allowed the viewer control over the presentation in a very effective manner.


Both presentations offered quality information from content experts that was both relevant and easily translated to the field of adult learning. However, the production of the MOOC course made the information provided much more accessible to the viewer. The MOOC course also included other tools, such as quizzes and pdf documents, aimed at creating retention and transfer to other environments that was simply lacking in the YouTube video. It is possible that had the YouTube video been presented in another format, such as a part of a lecture series or in a podcast, that the value of the presentation would be increased where the expectation of the learner was that the information would be primarily auditory and dense. In addition, the YouTube video appeared to be less recent than the MOOC course and as a result, seemed to lack the refinement of the MOOC course presentation. Overall, the MOOC course provided information that would be more accessible across the spectrum of learning cycles (concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization and active experimentation) whereas the accessibility of the YouTube video would most likely be best suited to abstract conceptualization.</p>

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