Mini University at Indiana University. Life-long Learning for 40 Years: Replicating Mini University. 1. The Team. Katherine Han Mary Kern Andrew Koop Konnie McCollum Kris Nicola Dr. Marjorie Treff. 2. Katherine Han.
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Life-long Learning for 40 Years: Replicating Mini University
Over the span of her career, she has been an educator in the visual arts, reading, and math at the middle school and elementary school levels. She has worked in the Perry Township School District for the past nineteen years.
She balances being a full-time student, full-time teacher, as well as dedicated wife and mother.
She loves to cook, garden, create art, run, speak German, and travel.
Mary began her college career at the age of 32 and got her B.S. in Education in 2001 from IU. She taught middle school for a couple of years in Florida. After moving back to Indiana and beginning work for Indiana University in 2004 she started in the ACE program and will graduate in May 2012.
She has always been interested in Mini University and, through this project, learned first hand what it takes to do research at a major university and also what it is like to work with a group online.
Andrew has been in IUPUI’s Adult and Continuing Education program since 2009. He works full-time as a web programmer at Indiana University and looks forward to a potential career in teaching and research.
His interest in adult and continuing education was sparked by building educational websites and witnessing the ongoing learning efforts of friends and colleagues.
He has learned a great deal working on the Mini University research project including the amount of detail that goes into the year round planning of a learning vacation set at a university.
Konnie has a B.A. in English from the University of Louisville, and is currently in her second year in the Adult Continuing Education Program at IUPUI. Her career has provided multiple opportunities to combine her professional writing and love of teaching and learning. She has enjoyed working as a journalist, educator and counselor. Currently, she is an addictions recovery specialist at a medium security prison for women.During this project, she has learned how to conduct, evaluate and summarize field research But more than that, she has learned to work as a team; how to collaborate, cooperate and communicate--all key components for success in adult education for learners and facilitators.
Kris was a nontraditional student in the IU Bloomington School of Education at age 24, and eventually earned her B.A. in History in 2006 from Indiana University. She began in the IUPUI Adult Education graduate program in the spring of 2010 and plans to graduate in December of 2012.Kris has been employed at Indiana University Bloomington for nine years.This project opened her eyes to the reality of how many adults are interested in continuing education. She had no idea that there is a large group of adults with a thirst for knowledge so strong that it will lead them to pay hundreds of dollars to quench it. She learned that adults with higher education are often the same adults who attend learning vacations and other continuing education that is not job related.
Dr. Marjorie Treff
In 2001, 22 years after earning a bachelor’s in journalism at IU Bloomington, Marjorie apprehensively took on the role of returning adult student. She found a lot of support in the Master of Science in Adult Education program at IUPUI, and continued for her doctorate in Adult, Higher & Continuing Education at Ball State University in 2008. Marje’s research interests center on Participation Training, adult development, and transformational learning. Her teaching practices are supported by a desire to help learners find connections between their formal education programs and their “real-world” lives. That includes finding ways for learners to get involved with organizations, conferences, and publishing. She is looking forward to continuing the relationship between the program, the students, and ICCE.
“Mini University was the brilliant idea of two men, Frank Jones and Jim Hertling. The original concept was advertised as a “family fun and learning” event for Indiana University alumni” (Nicola, 2011).
Then & Now
Nicola (2011) found many of the course offerings forty years ago to focus on pre-retirement topics such as:- Retirement and Insurance- Personal Finance- Marriage & FamilyWhereas Mini University now focuses more on the enjoyment side of post-retirement and the intellectual issues are diverse. Classes center on a mix of liberal arts, the humanities, economics, and science and technology.
Display boards welcome Mini U guests at IU’s Student Union Building.
Alumni Association Director, Jeanne Madison, and Continuing Studies Director, Ron White, run a well organized program.
Time to register for classes and become a student again. Authentic experience modeled.
Classes begin at 11:00 a.m. and last until 3:00 p.m. Students attend at least three classes a day.
By the end of the week students have taken fifteen classes and learned a lot in various academic disciplines.
Professors get their students moving and engaged in what they are teaching.
Participation is 100%!
Technology is being integrated into Mini U.
Posting class changes are done manually. Students check out the board.
Survey Results: A Sample
R. Caffarella’s Interactive Program Planning Model (2002)
The following four questions were asked in narrative form.
1) How many years have you attended Mini University?
Can Mini U
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