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Every trainer's ambition is to make corporate learning as impactful and engaging as possible. But how? One method to master great training and course creation is by understanding how your learner's mind works.
Although lectures are one of the most common methods of knowledge transfer in medicine, their effectiveness has been questioned. Passive formats, lack of relevance and disconnection from the student's needs are some of the arguments supporting this apparent lack of efficacy. However, many authors have suggested that applying adult learning principles i.
Malcolm Knowles was an American educator who theorized adult education. He brought the term andragogy into use as a term associated with adult education. The first use of the term andragogy was by Alexander Kapp in
Creating an effective elearning course requires that you know a little about your audience. Depending on the profile of the course taker, you can tailor the content accordingly. One of the most basic and often not thought about classifications is whether the course is for an adult or a child.
I want to first provide you with an overview of the research and theory on adult learning. We certainly will not cover all this material. In many respects, the "cognitive map" or outline that follows represents the content of the adult learning course, EAD a, when I teach it.
What and who is an adult learner? A person is an adult to the extent that he or she is performing social roles typically assigned by our culture to those it considers adults, and to the extent that the individual perceives him or herself to be essentially responsible for his or her life. A child is not responsible for his or her life even from a legal point of view.
If you're in the education field, you've probably heard of pedagogy. You've probably sat in seminars on the best pedagogy practices. If you're an education student, you've encountered the term multiple times in your classes.
Typical adult learning theories encompass the basic concepts of behavioral change and experience. From there, complexities begin to diverge specific theories and concepts in an eclectic barrage of inferences. Up until the s basic definitions of learning were built around the idea of change in behavior Merriam and Caffarella,