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The basics of creating courses for adult learners

Published: Jun 19th, 2020 04:55 pmBy Gousia A S

Creating courses for adult learners is today a challenging task because of the information overload present. One needs to consider few very important things before creating one. Creating and learning from courses allows mature audience to expand their skills and improve on their knowledge. The current trend of e-learning allows users to log in their convenience and catch up on whenever they have the time.


Before planning to deliver a course or preparing for a webinar, there are a few things that need to be kept in mind.


1.   Know your audience:

Not knowing the audience can be disastrous. It is always best to research and study about your audience before beginning to plan your course. Information can be gained from various sources like direct interviews, surveys and observation. It is important to understand their needs, goals, expectations and know what will benefit them.


 It is important to define the learning objective of the audience. Adult learners learn only when they want to learn. It is therefore important to start understanding what your goals are and what your objectives are. Before beginning to develop your module, it is best to know on what level the learners are. Are they proficient with technology, are they on a beginner level, an intermediate or an advanced level. Once this is identified it becomes easy to address the audience accordingly.


2.   Identify the requirement:

It is essential to design a plan that will suit the organizations requirements. Knowing every tad bit of detail including subject, skills, tasks and application is required. Help from other online instructors, or forums may be taken into account for the same.




          3. Select the right tool:

The right tool can help create a course well or destroy it. If you have a strong programming knowledge, then choose a tool that will help you create a course they way you want it to. Else, choose to opt for a tool with more basic functions and ready to use templates. Once skill develops, you can opt for more customizable complex letters.


4.   Use of cloud based material:

Sharing information across a wide range of platforms is essential to enhance the learning experience. There are many platforms that provide user-friendly options to save, share and learn. They also provide base to create courses and form a module of own.


5.   Experiment with tools:

In order to keep audience engaged it is always a good idea to be interactive with them this can be done via simulations, Audios, videos, articles, blogs and images. An ocean of video resources are available on YouTube relevant to any topic. Multimedia makes the overall module more appealing and nice to watch. This also targets the different kinds of learners and helps enhance their skills.


6.   Be Abstract:

Make sure that there is a clear balance between your pictures and your text. Too much of anything may spoil the entire module. A simple outline, a clear structure and neat language will add to the effect of the module. Make sure to avoid complex examples that  may not be clearly understood by the learners.


7.   Keep it close to real life:

It is important to create exposure via real life examples and activities. A combination of both synchronous and asynchronous learning patterns is required to ensure that learning happens to a maximum. Using threads, blogs, and discussion forums allow the users to be in contact with each other on a common platform . this enables active participation and invokes interest among participants. 

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