Infographic: Too Late To Learn?

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn Infographic

Ever since the 19th century, when education was first standardized, learning in popular imagination is highly connected to age. The school system, back then and now, is modeled after a factory – people get education in batches, based on their date of manufacture. If you were manufactured seven years ago, that means it’s time to learn the multiplication table, for instance. And if you are ten and you still have not mastered the table, you are reshuffled to the un-smart batch. Perfect logic. Except the lives of many successful people proved it wrong. They mastered a skill at an older age. They are late bloomers. Late bloomers are people who achieved proficiency in some skill later than they are normally expected to. The key word is “expected.” The It’s Never Too Late to Learn Infographic presents famous late bloomers who managed to succeed late in life and how they did it.

Famous Late Bloomers

  • Joseph Conrad (English Writer): Until 20 Joseph spoke no English at all
  • Paul Cezanne (Painter): Until 20 never painted
  • Rocky Marciano (Undefeated boxer): Until 20 never boxed
  • J.K. Rowling (Writer): Until 23 taught school
  • Sylvester Stallone (Actor): Until 24 only had adult film roles
  • Vincent Van Gogh (Painter): Until 27 did not paint, only drew
  • Alan Rickman (Actor): Until 28 had no film roles
  • Reid Hoffman (Startup Entrepreneur): Until 30 never started companies
  • Julia Child (The French Chef): Until 30 knew no French cuisine
  • Martha Stewart (Home Decorator): Until 35 did no home decorating
    Dave Mc Cure (Angel Investor): Until 40 did no investing
  • Momofuku Ando (Instant noodle inventor): Until 48 sold salt, was in jail
  • Grandma Moses (Painter): Until 78 never painted
  • Fauja Singh (Marathon Runner): Until 89 though marathons were 26 kilometres

Learning something late in life might sound like a bad deal if you compare yourself to all the young talented folk. Understandable. The catch is that doing something earlier does not necessarily make you better at it than if you did it later. Could you say that Stallone is a worse actor than actors who started in their teens? Was Julia Child a worse cook just because she started cooking at 30? With Fauja Singh it’s even easier – just finishing the marathon at all he already wins.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Infographic: Top Instructional Designer’s Skills

As we build our courses (face-to-face, blended, or online) we often need to be our own instructional designer.  Here are things to keep in mind.

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Here are the bulleted points from the graphic in text form.

  1. Make content friendly: A skillful instructional designer must be able to convert formal and heavy content into an understandable and uncomplicated resource in an innovative manner
  2. Make learning fun: Break away from just delivering facts and content. A skillful instructional designer must include different activities and exercises to make the process seem less like learning and more like fun.
  3. Wear many hats: Don’t just be an instructional designer. Step into learners’ shoes to come up with great content and design.
  4. Troubleshoot problems: Simplifying content, technical issues, meeting deadlines, sticking to a budget – there are many problems to solve if you are an instructional designer.
  5. Innovation is thy game: A skillful instructional designer must break away from traditional and stereotypical methods of producing instructional curriculum.
  6. Course architect: A skillful instructional designer builds, reviews and assists in the organization of the course and look and feel of the layout.
  7. Be techno-savvy: A skillful instructional designer must be comfortable with various kinds of media, devices and authoring software.
  8. Team player: A skillful instructional designer needs to be a good team player because he must understand the needs of the various functions of the organization before he designs a suitable training curriculum with his teams.
Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Webinar: Educating Nontraditional Students

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In this free webinar Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman, editors of Inside Higher Ed, discuss the issues related to the way colleges recruit and retain non-traditional students in higher education.

The slidedeck for the webinar is available here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Book: Educating Nontraditional Students

 

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“Educating Nontraditional Students” is a free compilation of articles — in print-on-demand format — about strategies for recruiting, retaining and graduating nontraditional students. The articles involve a wide range of institutions, the use of technology and different curricular approaches.

This booklet is part of a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics.

The book is available here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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