Instructor Training Program : Characteristics of Adult Learners

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Theorists in adult learning have made this distinction in terms of the learner, the context of the learning event, and the learning process. In this course, we will explore these differences and how they are addressed in adult learning theory and practice.
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How can the ways that adults and children learn be distinguished from each other? Theorists in adult learning have made this distinction in terms of the learner, the context of the learning event, and the learning process. In this course, we will explore these differences and how they are addressed in adult learning theory and practice.

Please note: While this course can be taken alone, we recommend that you take it as part of the more comprehensive Instructor Training Certificate program. If you are taking the course outside of the certificate program, you will be assessed only via the multiple choice quiz. You are welcome to work on the portfolio assignment, but you will not be able to upload your assignment for individual feedback from our expert course instructors.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Portfolio assignment (if taking as certificate program)
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • The Adult Learner
  • The Learning Context
  • The Learning Process
  • Adult Learning Preferences

Be able to:

  • Identify major factors that have an impact on the learning processes of adult learners.
  • Identify components of learning context.
  • Explain how contextual factors may impact adult learners' success.
  • Identify your own learning preference through the completion of the VARK Inventory.

Recommended Background

The course will be most beneficial for those new to parks and public lands facility management or for those who wish to advance their career in this field. To complete the portfolio pieces successfully, it is recommended that you have access to a parks or public lands facility. Again, we recommend that you take this course as part of the more comprehensive Instructor Training Certificate program.

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