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What Happened to the Adult Learner?

February 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Partner: Ohio University


  • February 8, 2024 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM

Registration Link: To register, email CTLA@ohio.edu


This session is designed to reinvigorate the conversation on instructional approaches that best support the adult learner, or those age 25 and older who may or may not be juggling families and work in addition to pursuing a degree or certification. This panel discussion takes up the questions, who are the “new adult learners” and how can faculty both best respond to their needs, but also leverage their experiences in the classrooms. Faculty and staff share data on the new adult learner, insight into adult learners at OHIO, and new scholarship on adult learning, while adult learners themselves share the types of instructional contexts and strategies that have supported their success.

Learning Outcomes:

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the “new adult learner” and how they differ from those of previous decades.
  • Consider adult learners at OHIO and how they reflect or do not reflect national trends.
  • Hear from adult learners about instructional strategies that contribute to their success.
  • Explain how to leverage the experiences and perspectives of adult learners in the classroom.

Session Contact: Jeremy Henkel, jhenkel@ohio.edu


February 8
12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
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