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Creating Structure out of Chaos in a Virtual Learning Environment to Meet the Needs of Today’s Adult Learner

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Author(s): Bob Barrett

Journal: International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance
ISSN 2010-023X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Student-centered learning | teacher centered learning | adult learning | online learning.

ABSTRACT
Due to economic reasons and personal needs, many adults have decided to return back to institutions of higher learning for additional education and training. While these adult learners have been seeking additional education and training either for professional advancement, career development or personal growth, some have found that one degree is perhaps not enough for them to excel both personally and professionally. As a result, we are seeing more adult learners starting to examine this type of long-term investment in terms of whether or not this additional education and training will help them during their lifelong learning endeavors. Adult learners want to be able to apply whatever knowledge and skill they gain today to life more effective tomorrow.” Thus, this does raise the question of whether or not our educational institutions are offering enough learning opportunities to help satisfy the needs of today’s adult learner, as well as meeting the growing workforce needs of society’s business needs. This paper will help to examine the learning style, learning activities, and social interaction that adult learners face in today’s educational institutions in terms of whether they prefer teacher-centered versus student-centered approaches to learning.
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