Teaching Adult Learners: Challenges, Strategies & Techniques
"With the number of non-traditional students growing, many educators have discovered that adult learners are fundamentally different than their younger counterparts in many ways. Yet, most instructors have been left to their own devices to figure out how best to reach these students who come to class with an entirely different set of challenges, demands and expectations, and generally at a much different level of maturity." ~ Brooks Doherty (NACTA)
As the median age for those attending college continues to rise, adult learners are becoming much more common place in classrooms across the country. Although the knowledge and life experiences these individuals bring to their formal education can have a very positive impact on the learning environment, teaching adult learners can be challenging for many faculty members – especially those who have not had much exposure to, or interaction with, students who are many times closer to their own age cohort.
Join your colleagues from across the country for this fast-paced, interactive webinar where we will explore virtually everything about adult learners – who they are, what motivates them, how they differ from their younger counterparts, and most importantly, how to relate to and teach them more effectively and efficiently. At the heart of the presentation are several evidence-based best practices for helping adult learners reach their full potential as students and as career-minded professionals with multiple life commitments.
NACTA. Tips for Teaching Adult Students. PDF file.
- Identify key characteristics of adult learners
- Discuss how adult learner characteristics have evolved over time
- Articulate common career aspirations associated with adult learners
- Differentiate between the life goals of adult learners and traditional age students
- Learn best practices for enhancing teaching and learning with adult learners
- Distinguish learning strategies and techniques adult learners like and dislike
- Understand how technology has affected the educational process for adult learners
- Explore how to enhance social integration among adult learners
- Improve how faculty can better relate to adult learners
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Dean of Instruction
- Department Chairs
- Any educator interested in learning more about adult students
“Any institution concerned about recruitment and retention had better put how to meet the needs of adult learners at the top of their agenda. As we move forward, this student population will comprise an ever-increasing percentage of those we serve in higher education.”
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including student learning and development, leadership, standardized testing, diversity and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training programs on a variety of topics centered on change management.
“Adult learners are the hardest working students; they are generally dedicated and very driven. All we need to do is give them the support they need to be successful!”
Dr. Jim Berger is a Professor and Coordinator of the master’s degree program in Adult Education at Western Kentucky University. He has been teaching in higher education for fifteen years and helped spearhead the establishment and opening of Adult Learner Services on WKU’s campus and continues to provide guidance and direction for that initiative. He regularly presents at national and international conferences on topics related to adult learners and the services provided to them and has published over thirty manuscripts related to teaching adults and higher education.
What is a live webinar?
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What is an on-demand webinar and how do I get access?
An on-demand training is a previously recorded webinar available online for faculty and staff to access anytime, anywhere. You can register for on-demand trainings at any time. You typically receive a link to the recording and handouts within 24 hours of registration.
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- We email participants login instructions approximately 1 week prior to the live event.
- We email participants a link to the PowerPoint (.pdf) and any additional handouts approximately 1-2 days prior to the live event. Participants can make copies for attendees if desired.
- We give a courtesy reminder call the day before the live event.
- On the day of the live event, participants can login 30 minutes prior to the start time. Once logged in, participants can see the PowerPoint slides, ask questions, and make comments via the chat feature.
- We email participants a link to the recording the Monday following the live event.
Is there a recording available? And how long is the recording good for?
Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.
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How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?
1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.
- 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
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- 6 Trainings - $1500 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
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What is your cancellation policy?
Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.
- 30 days prior: Full refund
- 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
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What are the benefits of online training?
Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.
Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.
Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.
Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.
Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.
Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).
How can we use these trainings?
- Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
- Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
- On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.
In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.
Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.
Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.
Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.
New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.
Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.