Adult Professional Learning (Brain-Based)





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Research shows that optimal learning among adults versus children exists on a continuum, with andragogy at one end
and pedagogy at the other. Andragogy, or the process of teaching adults, incorporates learner driven instruction, while 
pedagogy, or the process of teaching children, emphasizes teacher driven instruction. 

This unit focuses on how adults learn in the professional realm through workplace formal or informal training. The unit 
starts by distinguishing between professional development and professional learning. It will then describe ways through 
which adult learning is optimized and key differences between pedagogy and andragogy. Finally, a model of adult 
professional learning called the TRIO model will be offered as a tool on which to base training of adults in the workplace.


  • Learners will be able to identify key differences in andragogy and pedagogy.
  • Learners will be able to identify ways through which adult learning is optimized.
  • Learners will be able to distinguish between professional development and professional learning.
  • Learners will be able to recall and apply the TRIO model of adult professional learning.

Objectives are measured through four embedded "Check Your Knowledge" quizzes and one comprehensive post-assessment. Students are asked to achieve 75% or more on "Check Your Knowledge" quizzes, and a score of at least 80% on the comprehensive post-assessment.

Unit Structure

This unit is presented in four modules, where content is presented via brief, engaging video segments that are 3 minutes or less. 

Each module includes a 1 minute or less introduction video followed by a 2 to 3 minute video on the content. Each video is followed by a text overview of the content, but not all content is always included in the text. Therefore, it is imperative that you view each video and take notes to ensure you've reviewed all content.

Following each module, you will be asked to complete a brief "Check Your Knowledge" quiz to ensure you are grasping the content.

Once you have successfully completed all modules, you'll have a chance to apply what you've learned by completing 4 activities. Successful completion of the activities will be used as your comprehensive post-assessment. 

Navigation Key

Icon Function
Click this button to start video.
Buttons similar to this one are at the bottom of each module. They are labeled with their destination, and will lead you forward and backward through the unit. You may also use the navigation menu on your left by clicking once on the page you wish to return/advance to.

This signifies a Check Your Knowledge quiz. Click the word "here" after each symbol to take that module's Check Your Knowledge Quiz.

Using the menu bar towards the top of each page, you will be able to access the Tasks, Content, and Progress tabs. 

Click this menu option from the left hand menu to contact the course administrator/instructor at any point during the unit. 


Scroll down and click  to begin!

Course content

  • Module 1: Pedagogy vs Andragogy

  • Check Your Knowledge: Module 1

  • Module 2: Optimizing Adult Learning

  • Check Your Knowledge: Module 2

  • Module 3: Professional Learning vs. Professional Development

  • Check Your Knowledge: Module 3

  • Module 4: TRIO Model of Professional Learning

  • Check Your Knowledge: Module 4

  • Comprehensive Assessment

  • Contact

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