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
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This course provides learners with the opportunity to earn a microcredential. A microcredential is evidence of the mastery of a skill or competency that is desired by employers. Dalhousie microcredentials are developed in collaboration with industries and organizations that are related 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 the competency-based assessment related to the microcredential content.
- Those interested in working in the field of adult education (training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring, etc.)
- Those interested in design learning programs for adults.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Certificate in Adult Learning Fundamentals : Required Courses