Join Jeff Toister for an in-depth discussion in this video What to know before watching this course, part of Instructional Design Essentials: Adult Learners.
I'd like to share a few things to help you get the most out of this course. The primary purpose of this course is to show you how to apply Adult Learning Principles to the Instructional Design Process. However, you might still find this course provides helpful insight if your role involves delivering classes or facilitating one on one training. The course content is based on training industry standards developed by the Association for Talent Development, or ATD. This organization used to be known as the American Society for Training and Development, or ASTD.
Until it changed it's name in May of 2014. Even within ATD, there's a wide body of research on adult learning theory. And new studies are being released all the time. This course attempts to narrow it all down to a set of practical concepts that you can apply to your own training programs. Many of the videos in this course contain specific activities to help you build your knowledge and skills. Whenever possible, I encourage you to apply these activities to one of your own instructional design projects, so you could experience the impact of learner focus training in a real world setting.
To help you complete these activities, I've included exercise files that are available for all lynda.com members to use. The exercise files include templates and resources that I'll reference throughout the course. The exercise files also contain a reference guide that lists books, websites, and other resources that can help expand your knowledge of adult learners even further.
- Adult learning theory
- Understanding the four stages of learning
- Comparing active vs. passive learning
- Overcoming learning barriers
- Turning theory into practice