October 31, 2019
Creating effective training for adults is no easy task. This is because it requires an understanding of their unique characteristics and tailoring the training accordingly. Unlike children, adults approach training with a different motivation and perspective.
More than the obvious difference in their overall ages, adult learners have a different mindset than their younger counterparts. First and foremost is their reason for learning. Adult learners primarily study in connection with their jobs—adding knowledge/skills needed to get a job or updating knowledge/skills needed to keep a job. As a result, their motivation is different from that of younger learners. Often, it is at a higher level, making them more dedicated to successfully completing their learning.
Adult learners have certain common characteristics which you should be aware of before developing training:
Every adult prefers to learn differently. There are three different types of learning – seeing, hearing, and doing. Since it is impossible to know in advance what the audience’s preferred style of learning, it is important to incorporate all three modes to benefit everyone.
Training is most effective when they consider the content realistic and relevant to them. Adult learners expect the content to be applicable in the real-world. Training can be successful only when it stimulates the learner to use his or her previous experience and apply it in new situations. Lastly, the important aspect of effective training is to create realistic and achievable goals.
The success of any training program depends on making a positive learning environment. Here are some points to consider:
The best way forward is to use a combination of techniques that use their personal experience or learners (group discussions, role-play, simulations, problem-solving, and case studies) instead of merely using lectures.
Using a combination of learning strategies will result in not only in a positive learning experience but also improves the retention and recall of information for the learners.
You may also be interested in our article about creating a transformative learning experience. Click here to check it out or copy the link, https://www.edapp.com/blog/steps-to-build-a-transformative-learning-experience/
Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.