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Essentials of Adult Learning

Delve into the core principles of adult learning theory.

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Today’s learners and workplace learning environment are vastly different than they were in the last century, when Adult Learning Theory became a science unto itself. How do we accommodate the adult learner’s need to work collaboratively when we have globally dispersed workforces? How do we allow for observation and reflection when our training time is cut from four-hours to two-hours? How do we teach critical thinking skills to learners who are used to getting their information in 140 characters? In this series, you’ll get answers to today’s burning questions as well as a thorough grounding in the adult learning principles that underlies the work we do with adult learners in the workplace.

  • Online3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
  • On-SiteFlexible dates & duration
Program Overview

Program Overview

This program will explain the principles of adult learning in the context of workplace implementation, providing tips for design as well as facilitation. In addition to “classic” theorists like Malcolm Knowles, you’ll discover new approaches to adult learning, capitalizing on new brain research and informal learning processes. 

In this workshop, you’ll work with your own content to identify easy ways to incorporate adult learning principles to your existing content and training processes.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand the design and facilitation principles that appeal to the way adults take in and process information.
  • Apply the principles of adult learning to both groups and individuals.
  • Describe the four typical workplace learning outcomes and identify which ones you need your learners to achieve.
  • Look beyond traditional training methods to capitalize on the variety of learning mediums available today (web-based platforms, informal learning, etc.).
  • Motivate the adult learner and connect training to on-the-job performance.


  • Topic 1 - Adult Learning in Theory
  • Topic 2 - Adult Learning in Practice
  • Topic 3 - Outside the Boundaries of Adult Learning
Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This program is for trainers in all walks of life—from the newly appointed trainer to the seasoned pro who would like a deeper understanding of the theories and approaches used to connect with the adult, workplace audience.