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Course Description: Adults are
significantly different from children as learners. Adult learners bring a
lifetime of experiences, formal education, and wisdom to the classroom or to a webinar
which they want to share with their peers. During this webinar, we will explain
the characteristics of adult learners, and how best to teach to adult
professionals. Some like to say that children’s brains are like sponges. They
soak up new information. Conversely, adult brains are like sieves. They filter
all new information through their experiences and tie any new information to
past experiences. Dr. Malcolm Knowles’s research indicates that children and
adults learn differently. As such, faculty members must design educational
courses that honor those differences.
Credit Hour(s): 1.25
As a result of this course, I will be able to:
(1) identify the characteristics of adult learners
(2) discuss methods for motivating adult learners