OL 3100: Teaching the Adult Learner

  • 04/01/2022 - 04/30/2022

OL 3100 is a course that explores the adult learner at Penn State. It is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the adult learner and to assist instructors with effective teaching methodologies.

Course Goals

The goal of OL 3100 is to provide online instructors with a framework for:

  • understanding how adult learners differ from traditional 18- to 22-year-old college students
  • engaging adult students to improve learning outcomes
  • promoting effective interaction with adult students

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • define the “adult learner” in general terms
  • identify unique characteristics of adult learners at Penn State
  • recognize the Penn State services that are available for adult learners
  • design instructional activities for adult learners
  • Number: OL 3100
  • Category: The Learner and Learning
  • Mode: Self-directed
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Time Commitment: 1–3 hours