Theory can be a scary word for learners, but essentially, it is just a way to organize thoughts and ideas around a particular phenomenon. Is there a "right" theory of adult learning? Or should we think of theory as a "toolbox", where you select the proper tool for the context. Are you bound by these formal theories, or as you gain experience as an adult educator, do you begin to form your own personal theory of adult learning?
This course is designed to introduce you to the foundational theories and principles of adult learning. You will explore the ways in which theory connects to practice, how to utilize the principles of Universal Design for Learning, and how to foster engagement in adult learning experiences. Learners will also explore their own theory of adult learning.
- Module 1: Principles of Adult Learning
- Module 2: Four Foundational Theories
- Module 3: Universal Design for Learning and Engagement
What You Will Learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- define "theory" and "practice"
- recognize the principles of adult learning
- describe the connection between theory and practice
- identify the tenets of four key adult learning theories
- discuss the principles of Universal Design for Learning as related to adult education
- identify the learning theory most appropriate for your teaching context
This course provides learners with the opportunity to earn a microcredential. A microcredential is evidence of a skill or competency that is employment related. Dalhousie microcredentials are developed in collaboration with employers, industries, and/or organizations that relate to the content. A microcredential can be displayed on social media pages, digital resumes, personal webpages, and in email signatures. To earn the microcredential in this course, learners will need to successfully complete a competency-based assessment.
To learn more about microcredentials and how they can enhance your learning portfolio, watch this 30-second YouTube video (video opens in a new window).
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The Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact email@example.com.
- Those interested in working in the field of adult education (training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring, etc.)
- Those interested in design learning programs for adults.
Theories of Adult Learning allows you to appreciate the variety of strengths and needs of the learner. Studying universal design opens your eyes to the opportunities that exist to make learning more inclusive, enjoyable, and productive for all. I highly recommend this course for any adult educator.
Melissa McKay, Maritime Business College
To see how our Certificate in Adult Learning Fundamentals can benefit you, please read this article - Life-Changing Learning Experiences.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Certificate in Adult Education : Required
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional and Leadership Studies : Elective Program - Adult Education and Training