Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners (2020)


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

Course Description

This is a self-study course that 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, reflection on own teaching practice, and access to peers’ teaching ideas and experiences.


Contents and learning experiences are grouped into 5 topics:

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 readings, videos, and tips to improve your teaching practice. A short quiz tests your knowledge acquisition and various learning activities to put your skills to the test. By reviewing each module, completing quizzes and sharing your application of all course concepts to your specific learning environment you will achieve a certificate of completion at the end of this course.

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

Course designed by:

Nidia Cerna, Instructional Designer (McMaster University Continuing Education)

Course Details

  Interaction Opportunities
  Community moderated Forums
  Video Lectures
  Multimedia resources

Cost per learner: $29.99 USD

 Start Date: February 06, 2020
 End Date: November 27, 2020
 Duration: 20 hours (self-paced plus 10 hours of learning activities)
Cost: $29.99 USD
You can start this course at any point in time between February 6 and November 13, 2020.

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