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Teaching Adult Learners

If you're excited about the challenge of reaching and teaching adult learners, you're in the right place! In this course, you'll discover how to use the newest educational methods to create a student-centered classroom that's perfectly suited for adult learners.  

If you're training to teach adults, the information and hands-on activities in this course will give you the confidence you need to succeed—and you'll know all the tricks and techniques for winning over this fun, exciting, and very demanding group of students.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Teaching Adult Learners


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Course Code: tal

What You Will Learn
  • Explore the unique needs and motivations of adult students and find out just what they're expecting from your class
  • Examine your students' different learning styles and multiple intelligences and look at how you can teach to each learner's strengths
  • Learn ways to get misbehaving or under-achieving students back on track
  • Delve into a host of innovative teaching techniques that will turn your students into active learners and set them up for success
  • Understand high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech educational tools you can use to capture and hold your students' attention
  • Learn how to organize your material effectively and design strong lesson plans
  • Learn how to create effective tests and how to teach your students good study skills
  • Understand how to make your classroom accessible and enjoyable for students with disabilities
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain tricks and techniques for winning over this fun, exciting, and very demanding group of students
  • Gain the confidence you need to succeed in teaching adults with the information and hands-on activities in this course
  • Discover how to create a student-centered classroom that's perfectly suited for adult learners


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Week 1

In this first lesson, we’ll look at how you can grow in your job as an adult educator by enhancing your professionalism and managing your time effectively. In addition, we’ll look at ways to boost your confidence and establish your authority in the classroom. Then, look at what makes adult learners tick and how you can best meet their needs. You’ll also learn about seven different seating arrangements and the pros and cons of each.

Week 2

Explore two different models of learning styles, and take a look at the eight intelligences you’ll want to factor into your lesson plans. Then, learn loads of tricks to get misbehaving students back on track. We’ll also talk about ways to get shy students to participate, and look at an effective conflict management technique.

Week 3

Learn about a host of innovative techniques, from window paning and role-playing to mnemonics and visualization that work like magic in a student-centered classroom. Then, we’ll look at the up-front work that can set you up for success in the classroom. First, you’ll discover the 12 steps for creating a dynamite course outline. After that, we’ll delve into lesson planning—and finally, we’ll talk about laying the groundwork for a welcoming orientation.

Week 4

Look at high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech educational aids and technology you can use to capture and keep your students' attention. Then, understand the 10 needs and desires that bring learners to your classroom—and discover how to tap into those motivators during your presentations.

Week 5

Discuss the A-B-C’s of grading and talk about ways to write top-notch test questions. You’ll also find out how to avoid the most common mistakes teachers make when they assess students. Then, look at making your class accessible and enjoyable for students with disabilities. You’ll learn how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) law; talk about learning disabilities—in particular, dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and explore ways to show courtesy and respect to students with any type of disability.

Week 6

Explore ways to beef up your students’ study skills and look at strategies for test-taking. In addition, we’ll discuss test anxiety and talk about tailoring your tips on studying to each learner’s strengths. And finally, find tips here on how to power up your job search whether you’re a new teacher or an experienced educator. Learn about two keys to a successful job hunt: a great résumé and a winning portfolio, and learn how to target the right schools and wow them with your letter-writing and interview skills.

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Instructors & Support

James Thompson, Ph.D.

James Thompson, Ph.D. has over 25 years experience in the creation and delivery of distance learning courses for teachers. He is the author of Teaching Responsible Behavior and over 100 workbooks and videos on the subject of classroom discipline. His distance learning courses have trained more than 250,000 educators worldwide in techniques to improve student behavior and learning. His works include: Teaching Students Responsibility, Dealing With Discipline Problems, Human Relations and School Discipline, Creating Emotionally Safe Classrooms, Every Student Can Succeed, and Dealing With Difficult Students. His course Solving Classroom Discipline Problems has earned the praise of both teachers and parents and has been selected by ed2go as its demonstration course.


Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device. A few Windows-specific examples are included. Mac students are welcome, but may not be able to duplicate all examples.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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