In today’s globalized world, professional fields are continually transforming to keep pace with advancing methods of practice. The theory of adult learning, specifically, is a subject that has seen new innovations and insights with the advancement of online and blended learning. Examining new principles and characteristics in adult learning is imperative, as emerging technologies are rapidly shifting the standards of higher education.
The Handbook of Research on Adult Learning in Higher Education is a collection of innovative research on the methods and applications of adult education in residential, online, and blended course delivery formats. This book will focus on the impact that culture, globalization, and emerging technology currently has on adult education. While highlighting topics including andragogical principles, professional development, and artificial intelligence, this book is ideally designed for teachers, program
Dr. Mabel CPO Okojie is a professor of education and workforce development at Mississippi State University. As an educator, Dr. Okojie is committed to creating a learning environment that encourages critical thinking and reflective learning where instructional materials are analyzed and evaluated. Her instructional goals include helping her students generate new ideas and expand their existing knowledge. As a teacher, she perceives her role in the classroom as a facilitator of instruction and as a resource that students can use to enhance their knowledge base. She serves as a mentor to students through encouragement and through using scenarios of life experiences as parts of the instructional activities. She believes in helping students to become lifelong learners because it provides an opportunity for them to grow and remain current with advances in knowledge and technology. Dr. Okojie has instituted eight new courses since her tenure at Mississippi State University (MSU) and modified seven existing courses. She is an instructor of record for 15 courses at MSU. She coordinated the modification of her department doctoral program and the coordinator of the educational specialist degree program.
Dr. Okojie is also a co-author of a textbook entitled, Digitools: Advanced computer applications. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters, including eight citations as a distinguished scholar in Tomei (2010). Dr. Okojie has graduated 22 doctoral students as a major adviser/dissertation director, including numerous educational specialist and master's degree students as a major adviser. She has written several funded grant proposals. Her research areas include adult learning methodologies, foundations of technology integration, and transfer learning as well as program planning for adult learners. Her research effort centers on developing effective strategies for translating ideas and theories into practical activities aimed at achieving meaningful learning and solving real-life problems.