Motivating Adult Learners

We’ve been talking about learning styles in general, but what about adult learners, as a group? Are there things that online instructors can do to motivate and keep adult learners engaged? Tom Kuhlman things so.  He believes that practice activities, meaningful feedback, and providing an environment where adults have freedom to learn are some of the keys.

Take a look at his blog post by clicking on Tom’s unique character avatar below. Do you agree with this list? Have any ideas from your experience that you’d care to share with us?

Tom Kuhlman from Rapid eLearning


    • Marian on September 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I agree with Tom. It’s the way I approach classes I take and my experience with other adults. My online students aren’t interested in the technology, but the content, and get frustrated easily with technology, so I do not want to use any technology that is not VERY intuitive.

    • Kathi on September 24, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I’d go a step further Marian. Either the technology is very intuitive, or you introduce and approach the technology in a way that it’s compelling to use it or learn it. I think that is sometimes our challenge– to make the “ends justify the means”!

    • Deborah Barnett on September 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Tom makes a good point of not locking up content behind the LMS. If the material in a course might be useful to students in the future, we either leave them locked out of the content at the end of the course or left with a pile of downloaded files to organize. It would be great to have the content detachable from the LMS in an organized way that students can annotate and personalize leaving the LMS to manage interaction among students and with instructors.

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