Without motivation to participate in adult education, not a whole lot would get completed. As adult learners our motivation is typically quite simple – to learn something useful. For myself, like many adult learners, I want practical knowledge and skills that I am going to be able to apply in my daily life, typically at work. This article speaks to this as well as many other ways to motivate adult learners: http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning_design/isd/30-ways-to-motivate-adult-learners/.
Everybody learns differently, therefore as adult educators we need to do our best to accommodate multiple interests and goals in the classroom. If we are doing our best to help empower our learners by facilitating multiple goals, our students will be even more motivated to participate, because they will be getting as much as possible from the course.
I know in my teaching job I need to focus on relating the sometimes boring content to the real world. This will hopefully provide the most amount of motivation, seeing as they can then use the information when they return to work.
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