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Grow Your Workforce: How to Teach Adult Learners

Waikato Institute of Technology and Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology via FutureLearn


Gain confidence in creating engaging adult learning experiences

Whether you’re a workplace educator or looking to enter the industry of andragogy, it’s important to know how adults learn to be able to adapt your teaching methods.

This four-week course provides an introduction to adult teaching and will help you discover key skills and knowledge to create engaging lessons.

You’ll explore ways you can make teaching fun, interactive, and inclusive as you explore student-centred learning approaches you can use with your adult learners.

Understand how to use inquiry-based learning

You’ll identify the key factors in andragogy to understand its differences so you can create lessons suited to your learner.

You’ll explore what makes an effective teacher as you learn student-centred approaches to teaching and how to work with groups of learners. You’ll also understand inquiry-based learning (IBL) to help inspire your students and promote engagement.

Improve your teaching skills alongside experts at Wintec

With your understanding of different teaching techniques, you’ll learn how to apply these skills to real-life teaching scenarios.

Guided by the experts at Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), you’ll reflect on the ways you can use effective methods in your future teaching – either in workplace training, professional development, or a career in andragogy.

This course is designed for new or beginner trainers and facilitators working in either a formal education setting or the workplace.

It will help you develop key knowledge and skills for teaching or training adults.


  • Introduction to your course. Andragogy: How adults learn
    • Introduction to your course and your educators
    • Introduction to Malcolm Knowles' theory of Andragogy.
    • How do I use andragogy to become a more effective teacher or trainer?
    • The end of Week 1
  • Student-Centred Learning.
    • The learning pyramid
    • The teacher-centred classroom versus the student-centred classroom
    • Scaffolding learning
    • Student-centred activities.
    • The end of Week 2
  • Working with groups
    • Advantages and potential challenges of using group work
    • Steps to take in setting up group work.
    • What works best - small or large groups?
    • The end of Week 3
  • Inquiry based learning
    • What is Inquiry based learning?
    • Inquiry based learning questions
    • Looking at the stages of inquiry based learning
    • Let's hear from some teachers who use inquiry-based learning.
    • Overview of Week 4 and what is next for you

Taught by

Tony O'Brien


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