Course Description

If it’s your job to help adult learners acquire new knowledge and skills, then this is the course for you! In this course, you will learn about the secret ingredients of effective learning experiences, including key learning theories and adult learning principles. You’ll also learn about some of the widespread learning myths.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify three major learning theories and learning methods associated with them

  • Recognize how adult learning principles can be incorporated into educational developments 

  • Discuss different ways of teaching and learning

What will I learn?

    1. Welcome to the course!

    2. How to use the course

    3. Learning outcomes

    4. Before you start...

    1. What is learning?

    1. Learning is a change in behavior

    2. Applications of behaviorism in education

    3. Discussion

    1. Learning is a mental process

    2. Tips for reducing cognitive load

    3. Discussion

    1. Learning is creating meaning

    2. Constructivist approaches to learning

    3. Discussion

    4. Wrap-up

    1. Characteristics of adult learners

    2. "Tell me why, oh why?"

    3. "I am self-directed"

    4. "Let me apply those skills, ASAP"

    5. "My experience matters"

    6. Discussion

    7. Wrap-up

Are you ready to master how adults learn?

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Learning Theories

In this chapter, we will explore three key learning theories: behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. A strong understanding of the learning theories is essential for good teaching.

Adult Learning Principles

In this chapter, you will be introduced to 4 adult learning principles. Adult learners have their own set of characteristics and learning needs, and in this set of lessons you will hear about them from learners themselves.

Learning Myths

The world of education is not immune to myths, there are many misconceptions about the way people learn. This chapter includes three myths, and by the end of the chapter you will be able to explain why each one of them is a myth - and to offer a better, evidence-based alternative for it.

Learning Design Team

Mersiha Kovacevic

Course Director

Mahra Almansoori

Digital Content Developer

Special Contributors