How can we develop e-learning that respects adult learning principles?

Repost and update from ’Can we develop e-learning that respects adult learning principles?’ (November, 2013)

Many adult learners consider the packaged e-learning modules offered by their organisations a necessary pain. Why? Because most e-learning doesn’t adhere to adult learning principles.

There are three reasons for this: (1) it requires skill and experience to translate the principles into online learning design; (2) the sector’s focus on tick-the-box completions and data collection has not prioritised the application of the principles; and (3) people tend to be stuck with what they know and have experienced themselves, i.e. self-paced e-learning modules and webinars, and lack exposure to different models.

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