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Adult Learning in the Workplace

The course examines the nature and processes of adult learning, particularly emphasizing learning within organizations.  Topics include theories on how adults learn, learning styles, assessing learning, developing thinking skills in adults, and training methodologies.


  • Investigating contemporary paradigms that explain how adults acquire and use knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
  • Explaining the nature of relationships among individual factors such as learning style, personality profile, age, life experiences, and developmental level of adult learning.
  • Analyzing learning styles, types of motivation, modes of operation, and the resulting consequences for self and others.
  • Forecasting possible trends and developments which will affect both organizations and individuals and recognizing their implications for adult learners and managers of adult training.
  • Developing critical thinking skills of adults to include the ability to learn, to reason, to think creatively, to make decisions, and to solve problems using critical thinking.
  • Applying prominent theories of career development and adult learning to training methodologies.
  • Assessing specific jobs, tasks, and roles in terms of essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
  • Guiding others to recognize and understand personal needs, values, problems, visions, and alternatives.
  • Analyzing the impact of organizational changes upon the work force and identifying resultant learning needs.
  • Critiquing learning from the various levels of complexity according to Bloom’s taxonomy.
  • Developing a philosophy of the training function within an organization to include values and beliefs about the role of training in accomplishing organizational objectives.
  • Defining lifelong learning as a conscious and continuous process of discovery.
  • Explaining the principles for creating a positive learning experience through on-line learning.
  • Analyzing the impact of social media and social networks on adult learning.
  • Assessing specific models of learning and the link to transfer of learning.


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