Malcolm Knowles’ Six Assumptions for Adult Learners

If you teach learners over the age of 17 or 18, then you basically have adult learners on your hands.

According to educator Malcolm Knowles, there are 6 assumptions that you can hold in your mind while you are creating curriculum that is relevant and engaging for your adult learners. I’ve summarized these 6 assumptions here in this image:

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For a more in-depth look, check out The Adult Learning Theory – Andragogy – of Malcolm Knowles by Christopher Pappas at E-Learning Industry.

References:

  • Knowles, M. (1984). The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species (3rd Ed.). Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing.

Do these assumptions ring true to your experience? Do you implement any of them into your curriculum? Share your responses by posting a comment below.

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Article On “Human Capital” Analytics

I’ve never really like the term human capital to refer to the people that work in an organization. Human power is definitely a resource that any organization needs to sustain itself, there’s no doubt about that.startup-photos

This article by Mike Hruska, President and CEO of Problem Solutions along with Phil Antonelli — now a senior learning manager at RNA Group in Denver — discusses mobile devices to collect performance data as well as xAPI — an experience application programming interface for learning analytics which could replace SCORM.

Read more at the E-Learning Brothers blog: http://elearningbrothers.com/human-capital-analytics-now/