Motivating adult learners

Designing lessons that use techniques to motivate adult learners is key. Adults are motivated by seeing their learning as familiar to their experience and relevant to their lives. There are recurring instruction strategies that are incorporated in a variety of learning theories and lesson planning frameworks. These strategies include assessing current knowledge, determining what learners want to know, and evaluating learning with feedback. While these lesson elements serve a variety purposes – including structure, and guidance for the instructor – it these strategies anchor the essential need to engage and motivate the adult learners.


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