New Insights on Roles of the Adult Educator

Adult education has significantly changed since the advancement of online technologies. I have posted an article in my resource section about learning through the use of Youtube. With my background in culinary arts, I see the learning process to still be in the traditional sense within a classroom and demonstrations in a kitchen. I remember being taught in classes by older chefs from an era where computers and the internet were not relevant. With the rise of different networking and online communication programs and online learning being a preferable option for adults, I believe teaching culinary arts online will eventually be a viable option. I think it would be exciting to have the option of learning different cuisines from the actual country of origin and the distance would not be an issue.
After discussing with my learning partner, we reached a topic of online persona. We talked about insecurities for educators to be out there in the digital world and having to uphold an online presence. The responsibility of having an online presence, where any material you post can be seen by anyone on the internet weighs heavily on the educator to keep teaching material relevant and authentic. I think it’s important to have a positive online persona, but there needs to be a balance in one’s life so knowing when to ‘unplug’ from online interaction is beneficial as well.

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