Founder and Principal of DoD Training Center Pierre Colombel figured it out years ago that it is not just about the content of a class but how you teach it and how you motivate the learner. He parlayed these discoveries into a career as a master motivator instructor. If you never took a class by Pierre in the areas of Cyber Security & IT then I highly recommend you grab a seat in an upcoming Hybrid Security + or CISSP offering to understand how a great instructor with a method to his madness can be a game changer in your goal of becoming certified.
Yes, Pierre had all the technical skills to learn IT himself but he was not impressed when he first started taking IT courses for adults in the 90’s. As a result, he studied among other teaching formulas the 5 assumptions of adult learners developed by Malcolm Shepard Knowles (1913-1977). Knowles used the term “Andragogy” which means “Man-Learning” in Greek. Below are the assumptions, principals and applications of these as applied to Computer Training.
As a person matures his/her self concept moves from one of being a dependent personality toward one of being a self-directed human being.
2. Adult Learner Experience
As a person matures he/she accumulates a growing reservoir of experience that becomes an increasing resource for learning.
3. Readiness to Learn
As a person matures his/her readiness to learn becomes oriented increasingly to the developmental tasks of his/her social roles.
4. Orientation to Learning
As a person matures his/her time perspective changes from one of postponed application of knowledge to immediacy of application. As a result his/her orientation toward learning shifts from one of subject- centeredness to one of problem centeredness.
5. Motivation to Learn
As a person matures the motivation to learn is internal (Knowles 1984:12).