Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners (Fall 2019)


Understand the adult learner and discover emerging trends to create learning environments that are effective, experiential and more engaging.

Course Description

This course focuses on improving your teaching and facilitation skills by understanding adult learners, the principles of course design and the techniques for effective instruction.

Course content explores characteristics of adult learners, communication strategies, participation, engagement and motivation, learning outcomes, assessment, educational technologies and online learning communities.

The goal of this course is for participants to link theory and practice through analysis of current literature, active interaction with peers and reflection on own teaching practice.


Module 1 – Adult Learning
Module 2 – Lesson Planning
Module 3 – Assessing Learning
Module 4 – Community Building and Learning
Module 5 – Effective Facilitation

Every module includes a short quiz to test knowledge acquisition, and tips to improve your teaching practice. Various discussion topics allow you to interact with your colleagues and put your skills to the test. Assignments provide opportunities to apply all course concepts to your specific learning environment.

Discount: If you are a Continuing Education McMaster University instructor, please contact your Program Manager to get a discount voucher code.

Course Details

Patsy Marshall, McMaster University CCE Instructor)


Course designed by:
Nidia Cerna, Instructional Designer (McMaster University CCE)


  Interaction Opportunities
  Discussion Forums
  Video Lectures
Cost per learner: $199.00 USD

Start Date: October 07, 2019
End Date: December 13 ,2019
Duration: 20 hours (self-paced with assignments)
Cost: $199.00 USD

Registration is open from September 25 until October 11, 2019.

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