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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Adult Learners: Why Adaptive Learning is Designed for Them | Backed by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Acrobatiq

"With more adult learners looking to re skill, skill up or complete a degree, it’s more crucial than ever for higher education institutions find new ways to attract and retain adult learners" continues Acrobatiq.


However, teaching adult learners can sometimes present challenges for educators who may be used to teaching traditional, just-out-of high-school freshman.

In an article from eLearning Industry, 8 Important Characteristics of Adult Learners, author Christoforos Pappas outlines some critical traits that make adult learners different from younger, traditionally freshman-age students. Many of these characteristics also align with the benefits of adaptive learning which is increasingly being used as a tool to help adult learners achieve academically.

According to Pappas, “self-assessment, a peer relationship with the instructor, multiple options and initial, yet subtle support” are all important to adult learners’ success. With adaptive learning, adult learners have the ability to test their knowledge in their own time, while also having the ability to reach out to instructors for help during class time.

Practical and Results Oriented
Adult learners prefer active learning and tend not to thrive as well in traditional, lecture-based courses  Adaptive learning, provides both the necessary theory and practical application or “learn by doing” activities that many adult learners prefer.

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Thumbs Up for Blended Learning by Rochelle Diogenes.
"Blended learning or hybrid learning has come a long way from its original concept of brick (classroom) and click (e-learning) in 1999."  

Source: Acrobatiq

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