Member Spotlight: Ebonie
At The Adult Learning Hub, we believe that everything starts with a story. We all have one...and it's worth telling others. For those who are tasked with the learning of adults, experience is our greatest teacher and when we share that with other practitioners in a safe and exclusive space, we hold up a mirror to ourselves and to our community to say, 'Perhaps you're like me? Have you experienced the same things too? I sat down with Ebonie Mather this past week, one of our newest members and a jack of all trades in the world of adult learning. Perhaps you might see yourself in her story...
Jane: Ebonie, thank you so much for sitting down with me this week. Can you tell us where are you based?
Ebonie: I am based just outside of London
I love asking this question - what's one fact that most people don't know about you?
I used to do circus skills when I was a teenager - now that was a fun learning experience (but I am still rubbish).
What's your specialty in adult education?
Online and blended learning solutions.
What interests you the most about learning in adulthood?
Adult learning gives you the opportunity to try new things, meet new people and better yourself. I believe we see ourselves from a new light - not just from an academic sense but a practical and personal one. Like many, I believe learning is something you do over a lifetime and helps you to connect, communicate and empathise.
I'm so curious to know what sparked your career in adult education?
I originally wanted to be a secondary school teacher, to help impart my enthusiasm and love of learning to future generations. However, after taking a break from my studies, I discovered the fantastic impact I could have not just on young people but also on individuals my own age and older. I felt akin to this purpose and resolute to help bring positive experiences to adults who perhaps weren't in love with the idea of learning due to negative experiences in the past. Quite often people think of education as something formal, but there are so many different fun, informal and practical avenues to get the outcomes you want.
What keeps you motivated to learn continuously?
Honestly, sometimes I think it's tough to stay motivated because I think there is still a way to go with businesses using learning and development to genuinely engage employees in the workplace. It's still perceived as just a tick box exercise in some cases, but what keeps me motivated is the people and being aligned to why I got into this industry in the first place.
What excites you most about being in The Adult Learning Hub ?
Community and social learning is a great way to further your own understanding and learning. I am really excited to have an exclusive community where I can post to individuals with different experiences and backgrounds. Diversity of thought is so important for any thriving community, but I love that we have monthly themes and a weekly calendar to structure our discussions and give us a framework for our development.
As you know, we love our members to share their experience with us, as the Hub becomes more and more valuable to every member with each person who joins and contributes. What's one thing you want to GIVE to this community of peers?
I would say that online and blended solutions are where my expertise lie, however, I consider myself a bit of an L+D maverick. So I hope I will be able to provide not just practical tips but also some creative ideas based on my experiences as an adult educator.
What's one thing you'd like to ASK from them in return?
Most of my experience is from doing and living the role rather than formal training. Whilst I understand some pedagogy in terms of theory this is probably my weakest area, so would love to learn more from members about designing pure face to face and more classic learning devices such as coaching.