Post 3: What makes an “Adult Learner” an Adult?

As I discussed in my most recent post the topic of andragogy and how it refers to adult learners, I came across the following question:

What makes an “Adult Learner an adult?”

In the United States, a child legally becomes an adult at the age of eighteen. However, there is a chance that many of these so-called “children” must take on adult responsibilities before actually reaching the age of eighteen.

On the other hand, there are people in the United States who are legally considered to be adults but do not have the same set of responsibilities as an average adult may have.

A few examples of the adult responsibilities that I refer to are maintaining a job, paying bills and raising children.

During our analysis when designing instruction, when we consider adult learners, we need to consider the life experience of individuals rather than the actual number of years in which one has lived.

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Hello! I am a learning experience designer who loves integrating technology into my work (and non-work). I am looking to consult with subject matter experts to design and develop curriculum for face-to-face and online courses. When designing eLearning solutions, I will typically perform a front-end analysis that guides my creation of sound learning objectives. Second, I will design then develop learning activities that maintain congruency with the objectives created during the front-end analysis. After deciding the most effective method of implementation, I deliver the eLearning in the most logical method possible. Upon clients request, I will evaluate the eLearning solution and revise as needed in order to produce the most quality learning possible. (See ADDIE framework for more information.) It is important to mention that I also have experience in developing computer-based, video-based, and mobile-based learning experiences that display my solid foundation of Multimedia Learning Principles. In my spare time, I engage in creating different design projects by utilizing with a variety software programs. Currently, I’m interested in expanding my skills regarding user experience design due to it’s impact on learning outcomes. I look forward to connecting with you!

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