“The learner should be actively involved in the learning process.”
Remember that workshop where you were lectured at for a few hours? I am sure you do, and it’s not because you didn’t want to learn. Most likely, it’s because it wasn’t designed with the learner in mind.
Designing learning experiences is hard. Designing a learning experience that is transformative is even harder. To design focused and impactful training requires a solid understanding of adult learning theory.
Andragogy is adult learning theory. It is similar in some ways to pedagogy, yet it is also uniquely different. For example, adults need more time to process than kids. Why? Adults have far more experience and knowledge. Any new information presented to an adult needs to pass a litmus test before it is integrated. New information or methods need to be grappled with before they are going to be put into use.
When designing learning experiences for adults, consider the following to aid a successful experience for the learner.
Don’t throw in the towel on something you only tried once and didn’t reflect on. After all, we wouldn’t want our learners to do this.
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Ross Herdina, Co-Founder, Agile Ideas Leadership