Thank goodness for adult learning principles that provide insight into how to please mature learners who know what they want. Most of us are balancing a busy job with family, relationships, and all the other grown-up stuff. Keeping eLearning practical could mean effective use of video to demonstrate how to perform a task or weaving a real-life scenario through and cleverly attaching content. Whichever medium you use, be sure to always link theory to its practical application. As adults, we feel the need to learn to solve real-life tasks or problems. As adults, we should have options to self-direct and pace our learning to fit it around the demands of life.
The Adult Learning Theory - Andragogy - of Malcolm Knowles
NCEA - Adult Learning Principles
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The Principles of Adult Learning: How to Apply Them to E-Learning
Many of the next generation of students who reach college will be remarkably immersed in technology, far more so than we or other members of any older generation can imagine. With such an immensely changing environment, people need skills to benefit from all technology has to offer. This research paper will explore how adult learning occurs and the factors that contribute to a positive learning experience. We will highlight some of the key principles that guide this learning.
Creating effective training for adult learners requires acknowledging their unique characteristics and tailoring the training accordingly. Adults approach and use training differently than children. Their motivation, what they bring to the training, their expectations of it, and how they learn are all different.