Learning is a life-long process, but the style of learning changes as we become adults. You do not learn things the same way or at the same pace as a child when you turn into an adult. This is why the art of teaching adults has a different style, and a different terminology – andragogy. Andragogy is the method of teaching adult learners by focusing on their experiences, their learning needs, and purposes. Malcolm Knowles—an American Educator— made 5 assumptions about the characteristics of adult learners, simply called – the 5 adult learning principles.
These principles are very relevant for you to consider if you want your eLearning courses to be learner-centric and appealing to your corporate learners. They help you create courses by focusing on the different backgrounds of your learners, the previous experiences they’ve had, their challenges, motivators, and familiarity with technology.
That was about the importance of the principles of adult learning. You need to ensure your online courses address your employees’ learning needs. When you present them with the right stimulus in the form of knowledge/skills needed for performance improvement – wrapped in an interactive and engaging course – you are sure to win them over!
Your instructional designers and subject matter experts are your go-to persons for this! They will help you address these adult learning principles in eLearning courses effectively. To understand how to apply adult learning principles in eLearning, take a look at this infographic.