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What I Learned from Teaching Adult Learners Online

By Denise A. Blake / December 2009

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  • Tue, 08 Dec 2015
    Post by Damon Garn

    So I realize this is an older article and thread, but I found it helpful. I teach adults in a 1 week format (35 hours) online. My courses are technical computer courses rather than university-style classes. I'm curious what changes any of you may have seen in the past years since this article was published.

    Regardless, this was great information and I appreciate it. And the article led me to this (very useful) web site.

  • Wed, 10 Nov 2010
    Post by Tamara Korenman

    I too believe that on-line teaching and learning requires much more independent thinking from instructors and students that traditional (on-site) learning.

  • Wed, 13 Jan 2010
    Post by Katrina

    Good article!

    Katrina DigitalChalk

  • Wed, 06 Jan 2010
    Post by Judith McDaniel

    I concur with most of Denise's discoveries as she has reported them after teaching her first online course--and as she demonstrates, the literature and research about online learning supports her conclusions. I wish all first time online instructors were as careful as Denise seems to have been to learn about the environment of an online class before jumping in! For some of us, as she says, that has not been possible--and there has been a great deal of "seat of the pants" learning in this field.

    One area that is still be researched is the question of whether, as a result of learning styles, some students are not "able" to learn online or are not well-served by learning online. I was interested to read the recently published research by psychologist Harold Pashler, writing in an article published this month in Psychological Science in the Public Interest. Pashler and his colleagues have found that the important factor in learning is that the method of teaching match the subject matter being taught. In my own experience (and articles published about it)I concur. I have not found a student who cannot benefit from online learning. Some subject matter, however, is still best taught face to face.