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Online Learning for the Adult Learners Using Andragogy

Online Learning for the Adult Learners Using Andragogy
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Author(s): Pamela A. Lemoine (Troy University, USA), Christopher J. Garretson (Columbus State University, USA), Robert E. Waller (Columbus State University, USA), Evan G. Mense (Southeastern Louisiana University, USA)and Michael D. Richardson (Global Tertiary Institute, USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 22
Source title: Research Anthology on Remote Teaching and Learning and the Future of Online Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7540-9.ch051


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The world of higher education is now global with online learning a driving force in much of the world. Globalization of higher education has created vast new opportunities for e-learning, particularly for adult students. However, adult learning online is different from online for traditionally aged students. Global universities are increasing their online programs to take advantage of economic considerations, particularly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for learning online. Using online learning for adult education is essential in the changing global world. Connotations of adult learning theory for professors using online learning are many and varied. Traditional pedagogical styles will not work effectively with adult learners who desire concrete, hands-on, practical information with learning activities characterized by active involvement, task-orientation, flexibility, and creativity. Online students often want opportunities to acquire skills directly applicable to job competencies for current employment or preparation for a future job.

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