ADULT EDUCATION DROP-IN CENTERS
Submitted by Paul Rogers on July 9, 2017 - 8:22am
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Technology in education has evolved to the point where anyone can study for anything online, usually at a low cost or for free. In addition, the Smart Phone is replacing the Laptop, so learning “On the Go” can become an integral part of anyone’s educational strategies.
Many “Blended” or “Distance” classes are offered to adults for their continuing educational needs, and an excellent way to improve and develop these classes is to create “Drop-In Centers” for all adults to use.
Professional adult educators who would staff these centers would also wear several hats: teacher, tutor, reference librarian, mentor, guide, and translator.
As part of their day-to-day work, they would also be involved in outreach to the diverse communities, publicity and volunteer recruitment and training.
The center would be equipped with a computer lab and…real, old-fashioned textbooks!
The classes offered could include:
- Computer Basics
- Language literacy
- Job training
- Test preparation
Students would walk or ‘drop’ in, register and request a class or information and then be guided to an appropriate lesson or class on a website or in a text- or "live'.
The above scenario is perfect for the working adult who may need one class or a whole course of instruction.
Childcare should also be offered.
For the past six months I have been involved in developing a Drop-In center in a library based on my ESL program. The program includes lessons in textbooks, two websites, videos on YouTube, lessons via Facebook and WhatsApp.
I can see how this approach can be made available in many different locations, such as community centers, churches, etc. From this a network can grow that would make it easier for adults to meet their educational needs.
I also believe that it is an approach that is very fundable through grants.
What do you think? Are you interested in developing Drop-In Centers in your city?