Andragogy:
Case study of andragogy and online learning
Case Study Context & Focus
Context

Adult student enrolled in the second quarter of a Master of
Health Administration prog...
Andragogy

“

The theory of adult learning that distinguishes the
abilities, needs, and desires of adult learning from
chi...
“

Adult learners are autonomous and self-directed and
want to be involved in their own educational
planning. They have th...
What we know about adult learners

• Independent; Self-directed learners
• Have experiences that can be used to support
le...
Online Learning

According to the Sloan Consortium,
in 2007 3.5 million learners used
online learning.
The number is incre...
Online Learning

The convenience of online
learning allows people to add
education to their lives, while still
maintaining...
Case Study Question

What features and designs in online learning support or
neglect the needs of adult learners?

• With ...
Sources of Evidence

Asking- Interview
Direct Observation- documented

Physical artifacts- photos, video
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  1. 1. Andragogy: Case study of andragogy and online learning
  2. 2. Case Study Context & Focus Context Adult student enrolled in the second quarter of a Master of Health Administration program Focus Two dimensions of the learning experience: • Adult learning (andragogy) • Online Learning setting
  3. 3. Andragogy “ The theory of adult learning that distinguishes the abilities, needs, and desires of adult learning from childhood and adolescent learning. It is not completely separate from pedagogy, but can work alongside it- to fit the prior knowledge, experiences, and motivations that separate adult learners from children learners. (Hiemstra & Sisco, 1990, para. 6) ”
  4. 4. “ Adult learners are autonomous and self-directed and want to be involved in their own educational planning. They have the ability to initiate solutions to the challenges they encounter in their attempts to learn and are capable of planning organizing and implementing their own learning strategies. ” Wilmarth, 2010, p. 3, para. 2
  5. 5. What we know about adult learners • Independent; Self-directed learners • Have experiences that can be used to support learning • Intentional learners • Performance-centered (Hiemstra & Sisco, 1990, para. 7) Cited from (Knowles, 1980, p. 44-45)
  6. 6. Online Learning According to the Sloan Consortium, in 2007 3.5 million learners used online learning. The number is increasing due to the demand for certain levels of education to perform certain jobs and upward mobility to gain a more ideal position and more money within one’s field. (Bedford, 2009, para. 1)
  7. 7. Online Learning The convenience of online learning allows people to add education to their lives, while still maintaining their personal and professional lives, due to the autonomy and convenience of online learning. (Bedford, 2009, para. 1)
  8. 8. Case Study Question What features and designs in online learning support or neglect the needs of adult learners? • With particular attention to self-directed learning, learner motivation, and instructional design
  9. 9. Sources of Evidence Asking- Interview Direct Observation- documented Physical artifacts- photos, video

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