Motivating adult learners may be, at times, a great challenge which must be grappled with to make employee training possible.
Given that adults are to be taught differently to children, we provide our top fifteen tips on how to motivate adult learners.
1. Learning must be based on interests of learners
Information that interests learners is more likely to be absorbed and retained.
2. Integrate mobile
mLearning is the most modern approach to successful learning, delivering relevant and useful knowledge to the personal devices of employees.
3. Challenge learners through games
Challenging learners through course material with incorporated gaming elements enables learners to be motivated and competitive amongst other colleagues.
4. Use an engaging tone
An engaging tone is essential to hook learners and never, ever let them go. An entertaining tone usually involves wit and humor, commonly resulting in increased learner engagement.
5. Information chunking strategy
Chunking is a strategy used to translate information into digestible chunks for the absorption and retention of new knowledge. AKA microlearning.
6. Promote career goals
The promotion of career goals is important to instil a sense of motivation in the minds of employees, allowing them to work toward something worthwhile.
7. Account for individual interests
Accounting for individual interests makes for a more personalized approach to learning. When learners feel that what they consider important is recognised, they are more likely to be positively involved in their learning.
8. Mentally stimulate learners
In order for training to be a successful and worthwhile investment, learners must be mentally stimulated and challenged with different types of activities, requiring different skills.
9. Let mistakes lead to learning
Learning from mistakes is a great way to improve skills and often results in learners not making that same mistake again.
10. Make lessons visually-appealing
Aesthetic design of lessons assists in the motivation of learners as they are generally more responsive.
Adult learners deserve to be respected and needs acknowledged.
12. Place emphasis on feedback
Feedback is an important mechanism for the continual improvement of employee performance, as preferences can be accounted for, implemented and successful executed.
13. Make the benefits of the course clear
When benefits of the employee’s learning are made clear, the learner feels as if they have purpose in their learning, promoting encouragement.
14. Provide options
Providing options to learners means that they are valued and feel supported. Options include which material they choose to progress through and at a time which is suitable to them. These choice in preferences can be available through the implementation of microlearning.
15. Create an immersive learning experience
An immersive learning experience reinforces the importance of the information being taught and gives the learner a more insightful learning environment.
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