Monday, March 30, 2015

6 Attributes of Adult Learning

Knowles' 6 Attributes of Adult Learning

Need to know — adult learners need to know why they need to learn something before undertaking to learn it.

Self-concept —adults need to be responsible for their own decisions and to be treated as capable of self-direction

Experience —adult learners have a variety of experiences of life which represent the richest resource for learning. These experiences are however imbued with bias and presupposition.

Readiness —adults are ready to learn those things they need to know in order to cope effectively with life situations.

Orientation —as adults mature time perspective changes from one of postponed application of knowledge to immediacy of application, and accordingly his orientation toward learning shifts from one of subject-centeredness to one of problem centeredness.

Motivation —adults are motivated to learn to the extent that they perceive that it will help them perform tasks they confront in their life situations.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tools, Tools and more Tools!

I learned a new tool this week... imagine that! 

As a MAIT graduate student at Stockton University, we are learning new tools all the time. This week in my Visual Design and Communications course we researched what infographics are. 

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture. 

Below is an example a fascinating infographic!

Dr. Lee had us create a infographic of our our using a new to me tool called

This web2.0 tool is free, quik and easy to use to create your own infographics. Now after researching I realized there are bunch of sites that can create infographics and one is popularly used in our class,

"Graphical displays should:
  • show the data
  • induce the viewer to think about the substance rather than about methodology, graphic design, the technology of graphic production or something else
  • avoid distorting what the data have to say
  • present many numbers in a small space
  • make large data sets coherent
  • encourage the eye to compare different pieces of data
  • reveal the data at several levels of detail, from a broad overview to the fine structure.
  • serve a reasonably clear purpose: description, exploration, tabulation or decoration.
  • be closely integrated with the statistical and verbal descriptions of a data set. 

Graphics reveal data. Indeed graphics can be more precise and revealing than conventional statistical computations." - wikipedia

Below is the example of my infographic I created for Visual Design

Monday, March 9, 2015

Look Who's Back...

Today is my first day back at work, and this Thursday will be my first day back to school onsite. Although looking forward to it, there are so many other things I am worried about.

  • Getting too tired
  • Being groggy from medicines
  • Forgetting how to do things at work
  • Being gone too long
  • Social Anxiety - Everyone asking you how you are doing
  • Re-injuring myself
  • Not being comfortable at work or school

I am excited to see everyone and get back into my swing and daily routine, but when you are out on disability for sometime  you can't help but be worried about all the other little things!

On the plus side it's spring break for some and it 60 degrees out and Sunny today :)
Hope everyone is enjoying a little break if you get one!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

If the Shoe Fits....

This week I would like to talk about this image I came across.

Now I do believe that technology is a tool, but I do think much more than that. I agree to some extent with this message but for the most part I would have to disagree.

Technology motivates me everyday, with my undergraduate work in fine art and graphic design I use technology everyday and am always looking for better, greater and newer technology. Every time I get a new tool it does motivate immensely. I bought myself a new camera and a spike in photography creativity went through the roof. I got a new iphone and social networking goes soaring. I get a new Macbook Pro and my video editing and graphic design skills strengthen.

Yes it is just a tool but it does motivate you to grow and expand in your skills and interests. So we know technology can be as little as a pencil, knowing that if you give an artist all new color pencils it will motivate them to create art. Same with a new pair of sneakers, does it not motivate you to get out there and run, jog, walk or go work out? Of course it does...

Technology does motivate me.... everyday!

Here is a great article that shows 4 ways to motivate the workplace with technology.