5 Principles of Adult Learning

March 17, 2016 Natalie Evans Blog 0 Comments

What motivates an adult student? The motivators seem to evolve as you become older.

Malcolm Knowles, a pioneer in adult education, popularized the concept of five teaching strategies for adults, which stated that students learn best when:


  1. Adults understand WHY something is important to know or do
  2. Adults have the freedom to learn in their own way
  3. Learning is experiential
  4. The time is right for them to learn
  5. The process is positive and encouraging

Our online learning platform, I am thrilled to say, actually answers each of these 5 principles of adult learning. Each course begins with an introduction where the main focus is to explain the why behind the importance of the subject matter. A variety of supportive tools are provided as action steps to learn. Therefore, if you prefer to read the information it is available or if you prefer to watch a video, a virtual instructor is there to guide you through the topic. The platform encourages you to pull from your previous experiences and knowledge base. The beauty of online learning is that the time is ALWAYS right for you. And finally the platform was designed to help with the accountability of learning and therefore, a fun way to earn digital badges occurs as you work through your assignments.

Relevance Health is proud to be offering such a great platform at such a reasonable cost. Now you have no excuses to get started and begin to learn how to optimize lives through prevention.

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