12 tips for adult-friendly online training

As one of the pioneers of adult education, the American Malcolm Knowles was the first to develop an educational model based on the characteristics of the adult learner, as we discussed in our previous article The Adult: a distinct learner. Although other theories have since emerged, Knowles’s remains relevant and the validity of some of his hypotheses has recently been confirmed by neuroscience. Here’s how this model can help you design an online course better suited for the adult learner. Explain why

The learner must know why he needs to learn a specific notion, why he needs to develop particular competencies or why the learning is compulsory or profitable for him. To show the learner that these explanations are necessary and easy to identify, it is wise to think carefully about their presentation and to give them a common look & feel that is recognizable throughout the training.

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