Adult Learning

SKU: C-490Duration: 13 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 13 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

People learn in a variety of different ways. That is why it is critical to understand the basics of adult learning when training people at work. This course explains how people learn and lists specific principles of adult learning. It also covers different learning styles and the importance of active learning, explains how information is stored in and later retrieved from the brain, and gives tips for aiding that process.

Learning Objectives

  • Define "learning" and "training"
  • List some adult learning principles
  • Explain different ways trainers can make it easier for people to learn
  • Recount how people perceive, store, and retrieve information

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What are some common adult learning principles most adults share?
Adult learners are: self-directed, knowledge and experience based, goal oriented, prefer task-oriented training, and learn more when self-motivated.

What are the most common learning styles?
Seeing, hearing, and doing.

What is the best form of learning for adults? And what are some examples?
Active learning is the most effective way to retain information. Examples include: problem solving exercises, presentations led by the learner, hands-on exercises.

Is there a process for learning and retaining learned information?
Yes, our brains receive, store, and recall information.

What is the difference between working and long-term memory?
Working memory stores less information and can be easily overloaded, resulting in information being lost or forgotten. Long-term memory is where information in our working memory can be sent and stored, so that it can be recalled later on.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Our senses send information about the outside world to the brain's working memory. The working memory can store very little information. Typically, a person can keep only five to seven pieces of information in the working memory at one time. If more information is added, the working memory will be overloaded and information will be lost. In addition, the working memory can only store information for about 10 or 15 seconds before it's forgotten. Information in the working memory can be sent to the long-term memory for storage to be recalled later. Information that's not stored in the long-term memory is lost.

Additional Resources

Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:

  • The American Society for Training & Development -
  • Blogs
  • The eLearning Coach blog by Connie Malamed -
  • Cathy Moore’s instructional design blog -
  • Tom Kuhlman’s Rapid eLearning blog -
  • Books -
  • Evidence-Based Training Methods: A Guide for Training Professionals by Ruth Colvin Clark
  • Instructional Design: The ADDIE Approach
  • Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
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