Adults are characterized by maturity, self-confidence, autonomy, solid decision-making, and are generally more practical, multi-tasking, purposeful, self-directed, experienced, and less open-minded and receptive to change. All these traits affect their motivation, as well as their ability to learn. So let’s see the adult learners' cognitive and social characteristics, and what instructional designers need to know in order to create the right course content and structure, and adjust their attitude...READ MORE.
The most effective training programs have been designed to meet the fundamental principles of adult learning — one of the most important of which is ensuring that there is an element of self-directedness in the learning experience. But too many training programs get this very wrong, leaving their learners feeling unsupported and neglected. There is far more to self-directed learning than just ‘leaving them to it’, and we will show you 10 ways to get it right....READ MORE
We often think of learning only as it applies to school children and college students. School provides the knowledge, skills, and experience kids need to prepare for their careers and join the "real world." Once you've settled into adulthood and entered the workforce, the opportunity to focus on learning is long past – right?
Not even close. The truth is, adults (seniors included) stand to gain a lot by continuing to learn throughout their lives. Cultivating a dedication to lifelong learning is more than a fun and engaging way to occupy your time as you get older. Adult education provides tangible opportunities to improve your career, your quality of life, and even your health....READ MORE
Personalized professional development supports adult learning tendencies. It embraces project-based, incremental learning experiences, and gives teachers autonomy and choice in the content, pace, and method in which they learn. However, implementing a personalized PD program at a school district takes much more than simply letting teachers pick a topic and run with it. It takes careful planning and a commitment from teachers, administrators and the team that supports the program, from TOSAs to the tech department...READ MORE
In Andragogy or adult learning theory, it is presumed that adults have specific learning requirements. The adult learning theory also suggests that the best learning environments are the ones that are collaborative and utilize a problem-based approach.It is important to note that not every student is in the adult learner stage. With this in mind, it is encouraged that students be made aware of the traits of adult learners, and aspire to gain a few of these characteristics.
6 Main Characteristics of Adult Learners
There are 6 main characteristics of adult learners according to Malcolm Knowles (1980, 1984) who was one of the pioneers in this field.
ATD’s Core Four is a two-day event that will focus on the foundational elements that every learning and talent development professional should comprehend. These four key topics include:
Like it or not, everybody is selling something. Job seekers, employees, and entrepreneurs all need to pitch themselves to somebody. For whatever else they are, social platforms are undeniably powerful self-promotion tools. Personal branding may come with certain pitfalls, but it’s also something of an imperative. read more...
The International Code Council (ICC) will be holding a major educational event in Arlington and we would like to invite the Association for Talent Development (ATD) members to participate in this event at a reduced price. We would appreciate your assistance in making this information available to your members.
ATD Members are invited to participate in the Multigenerational Communications in the Workplace Institute, May 22–26, at the University of Texas in Arlington. This training event will provide attendees with proven techniques to help successfully manage the multigenerational workforce. Haydn Shaw, one of the featured presenters, is a leading expert on the multiple generations, leadership, change management, personal productivity, and trust.
Multigenerational Communications in the Workplace Institute is Track 4 at the ICC Training & Certification Summit, sponsored by the International Code Council (ICC). ATD Members will receive special discount pricing to attend. Regular Price is $450 for this 3-day event, but, we are offering ATD members the opportunity to participate at our ICC member price of $350. To receive the discount price to attend this training event, click here to Register.
On March 10 at the Monthly Chapter Meeting, we will vote to accept the changes to the Chapter ByLaws and Constitution.
View them here.
The book club will give members the opportunity to:
To sign up please visit http://pbc.guru/atd/austin/ and follow the steps to sign up. The program is free for chapter members.
Vote on our next book by Monday February 20! You will receive a link to vote once you sign up!
The book club will be managed by PBC Guru. PBC Guru manages professional book clubs for companies and will be moderating the LinkedIn group for the chapter to help make this program a great experience for all participants. If you'd like to learn more about PBC Guru you can visit their website at www.pbc.guru or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to email them with any questions about the Book Club.