Effective Learning Structure

Author Information
Dr. Glenn H. Dakin
Institution(s) or Organization(s) Where EP Occurred: 
University of Phoenix,
Institution(s) or Organization(s) Where EP Occurred: 
American Intercontinental University
Effective Practice Abstract/Summary
Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice: 

Learning structures include pragmatic skills and habitual practices that support effective learning. Adult learning is problem-centered lifelong learning (Ozuah, 2005). Learning skills are influenced by environment conditioning from childhood to young adult. Young adults may develop less than effective learning habits through conditioning from reinforced external expectations. Students with these conditioned behaviors may never learn to assess and revise learning habits. Learning to learn should include learning structures. The discussion of this white paper targets problems and solutions for improving student learning structures.

Description of the Effective Practice
Description of the Effective Practice: 

Learning family structure is a method of establishing a behavioral family process. The family is aware, understands the importance, and benefits for the learner’s engagement in the long term goal. The main benefit of the learning family structure is to improve family quality of life versus just the student’s focus. Developing a learning family practice is one of the best gifts a parent can provide for their children. Distance learning is a challenge for many adult learners. Providing guidelines for how to involve the family in the learning structured discipline empowers adults learners to demonstrate examples for their children and other adult family members.

Supporting Information for this Effective Practice
Evidence of Effectiveness: 

Over ten years of supporting successful online student success with effective instructional design.

How does this practice relate to pillars?: 

Distance learning is a challenge for many adult learners. Providing guidelines for how to involve the family in the learning structured discipline empowers adults learners to demonstrate examples for their children and other adult family members. The practice influences faculty and student centered learning for adult learners to benefit life long learning habits.

Equipment necessary to implement Effective Practice: 

Typical online classroom equipment used by online faculty through written and verbal communication

Estimate the probable costs associated with this practice: 


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