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Adult Learning Theories Every eLearning Designer Must Know

  Original Article from https://www.td.org/insights/3-adult-learning-theories-every-e-learning-designer-must-know As an instructional designer, you want to create courses that make a difference to your audience’s lives. You want to create courses that inspire them, that change mindsets and drive performance. In short, you want to create courses that are effective and hit the mark, every time. Now here’s the challenge. Your learners are adults with previous knowledge and fixed ideas about what works for them. They are busy and stressed-out folks who hate wasting time. They want learning experiences that help them meet their needs and achieve their goals. This said, to facilitate learning and be an effective Instructional Designer, you MUST understand how adults learn best. When creating any type of e-learning course, it is important to base the design on a good understanding of adult learning theory. What Is Adult Learning Theory? The phrase “adult learning theory” is much bandied about in corporate training circles. Do you know what it means? First, a myth-buster: There is NO one adult learning theory. There are several prevalent theories that all explain—from different perspectives—how adults learn. There are many different theories of adult learning, including: andragogy, neuroscience, experiential learning, self-directed learning, and transformational learning. All these theories have one goal: they help you create effective learning experiences for the adult corporate learner. Why Instructional Designers Need to Know About Adult Learning Theories? Adult learning theories are not just a collection of jargons, concepts, and ideas about how adults learn. These theories help you plan your course during conception, development, and […]

Elements eLearning course’s should have when targeting adult Learners

Original Article by Christopher Pappas   5 Key Elements Every eLearning Course Targeting Adult Learners Should Have – eLearning Industry This article looks at some strategies to use when delivering to adult learners. There are still technology challenges in some of the concept’s that are highlighted. Introducing adult learners to new ways of learning with technology is always going to prove to be a critical part to any learning experience with adults. The article reflects on particular area of Measurable Outcomes: Some adults dropped out of school in their early years because they felt inadequate. Their circumstances may have left them feeling incapable of learning, and they carried this attitude into adulthood. Other adult learners are born academics with multiple degrees. Learning is something so easy for them that it may even become boring or tedious. The beauty of eLearning is that a single eLearning course can be tailored to individual learning levels. For more engaged or experienced adult learners, give them tougher morsels to chew. For under-confident adult learners, start them slow and build them up. Include simple metrics so that every adult learner can watch themselves move from one level to the next. Brighter adult learners stay interested, and weaker adult learners feel validated. Start with your basic eLearning material, then sub-section it into graded levels. You must approach adults on their level. They need to feel respected, and they need to feel that you have something to offer them. Give your adult learners tools they can use and motivate them on a personal […]

Adult Learning – what eLearning Pros Need To Know

  Original Article : 10 Adult Learning Facts And Stats That eLearning Pros Need To Know – eLearning Industry This is a great article by Christopher Pappas on Adult Learning facts that is worth sharing. Adult Learning Facts And Stats For eLearning Professionals In order to create meaningful eLearning experiences, you have to know how to approach your adult audience from an Instructional Design standpoint. How do you they assimilate knowledge? What are their key motivators? How can you create the most effective eLearning environment based on their needs? Here are 10 adult learning principles that are backed by adult learning facts and stats. 1. Adult Learners Relate To Life Experiences When you create an eLearning course, you do not only incorporate theory. Even though theories and models are essential to provide your adult learners with valuable information, incorporating some of your own life experiences makes the eLearning experience more powerful. So, if you are currently creating online training material for your eLearning course, be sure to look for places where you can tap into relatable anecdotes, examples, and stories. 2. Instruction Vs Autonomy Based on a report released by the Center on Education and the Workforce of Georgetown University, 70% of college students work while enrolled [1]. If we add up the number of employees who attend online training programs, we may assume that creating an eLearning course for adult learners also means we must consider the time constraints of our audience. A good eLearning course should minimize instruction provided by the online instructor, but maximize […]