Adults don’t want to learn more content that they need to file away for future use; they want to learn things that can help them solve real-time problems.
Adults are more likely to be engaged in learning something if they feel they need to know it – for work, play, or personal enrichment. Here are some ideas for making instruction compelling for your adult learners.
Adults learn by experience, but also love to share their own experience with particular subject matter. Thus adults can teach one another.
For adults, learning means self-directed, independent thought and work. The role of the adult educator is to provide support and guidance as needed, with minimal oversight, while allowing learners to explore and make and correct errors on their own.
Adults are practical, even when it comes to learning. To engage them, ensure your instruction is both relevant and problem-centered.
Adult learners bring a wealth of experience – including mistakes – to any learning experience. Learn how to harness their experience and errors in designing instruction.
Adult learners need to be involved in the planning of their instruction. Soliciting their feedback is a great way to involve them.