The Adult Learner

3250 Discussion Forum Summery

The Adult Learner

This summery represents the ideas and main points presented on the topic of “The Adult Learner”, by the PIDP 3250 October 2015, online class.

Forum Analytics:  

Outlined are four main areas we explored:  Total postings – 58.


·         Andragogy VS Heutagogy 13 responses – 47% of class contributed

·         Self-directed learning and the adult learner – 16 responses – 47% of class  contributed

·         Self-directed VS Self-regulated learners – 8 responses – 47% of class contributed

·         Roles and expectations for today’s educators – 21 responses – 70% of  class contributed

Key Points:

Andragogy Heutagogy
Self-Directed learning Self-Determined learning
Structure provided by faculty An independent and non-linear method of learning
Learn when experience a need to know Students are responsible for their own learning


Retrieved from:

SDL and the Adult Learner:

Based on Grows model there are four stages to becoming a Self-Directed Learner:

·         Dependant

·         Interested

·         Involved

·         Self-directed

Ways to foster SDL:

·         Facilitate rather than lecture

·         Assess prior knowledge/learning, expand on that

·         Have students prep questions from pre reading

·         Encourage and support learners

·         Goal setting and learning strategies

·         Active learning activities/projects


Characteristics of Self Directed Learners:

·         Critical, Creative, Prefer to do things according to their own will, Conscientious, Independent, Trusting, Questioning Peers Often but not Teachers

Characteristics of Self Regulated Learners:

·         Set goals, plans ahead, uses specific strategies, managers resources, monitors own progress, self-motivated

“SDL as someone who diagnoses their learning needs, formulates their goal, identifies their resources, choose their appropriate learning strategies, and evaluates their learning outcomes.

“SRL is the process in which the learner is free to decide what, when, where, and how to learn”.

Roles and expectations for today’s educators:

·         Facilitator or Instructor depending on which will best suit the situation

·         Provide a positive learning environment that fosters SDL

·         Be credible, authentic and treat students as adults

·         Have passion and enthusiasm for subject – engage participants

·         Learn from students – access students prior knowledge

·         Promote lifelong learning

·         Expert/current in own field



Reference or Resource – Article, video or book



SDL and the adult learner

Barkley, E.F. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.



Andragogy VS Heutagogy






Roles and expectations

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