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Most of adult learning strategies are based on the idea that adults learn differently from non-adults. The term that often comes up is “androgogy,” which Malcolm Knowles coined to describe how adults learn in contrast to “pedagogy” or on how children learn.
The fact is, we already know a lot of theories surrounding adult learning. The problem is, many courses still don't take into account what these theories entail—and often don't successfully apply androgogy strategies for maximum performance...READ MORE...
The way adults and children learn differs radically, and “being too old to learn” is not the main point. You can use the same LMS software and even apply the principles of kids’ learning to teaching adults, but if you don’t know what makes an adult learner engaged, motivated and excited about your online course, the chances the training will fail are pretty high.
To help you to get an idea of adult learning, understand its main principles and learn how not to make mistakes when creating courses for adults, we’ve interviewed an experienced Instructional Designer and Technologist – Julian Davis. ...READ MORE...
Learning to read is hard when you are a kid, and even harder as an adult. New research published Wednesday in Science Advances has revealed what your brain is doing when you learn to read as an adult, and found that brain regions associated with ancient functions are largely responsible for our ability to read....READ MORE
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...