Part of being an effective instructor involves understanding how adults learn. Malcom Knowles, a pioneer in adult learning, identified the following characteristics of adult learners:. Adults have many responsibilities that they must balance against the demands of learning. An adult learner may also worry about being the oldest person in a class and their ability to participate with younger students.
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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.