Adult Learning & Andragogy


Adult Learning & Andragogy

A meeting place for adult education and e-learning based on andragogic learning strategies

Location: Brussels, EFQUEL European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning
Members: 31
Latest Activity: Apr 7, 2020


How does self-directed learning match with andragogical learning?
Ning: Adult Learning
Ning: Virtual Andragogic Learning

Virtual Adult Learning & Andragogy

Endorsed and supported by:
EFQUEL European Foundation of Quality in e-Learning
QUALC Quality Assurance Network of Adult Learning Centres
QUALC FINAL Quality Criteria & Self-Assessment Adult Learning Centres 12-2008 (benchmark requirements) Mixed Reality / Cross-Platform Presentation & Media TV
Andragogy consists of learning strategies focused on adults. It is often interpreted as the process of engaging adult learners with the structure of learning experience. Originally used by Alexander Kapp (a German educator) in 1833, andragogy was developed into a theory of adult education by the American educator Malcolm Knowles.
Knowles asserted that ANDRAGOGY (Greek: "man-leading", meaning for Adult Grids) should be distinguished from the more commonly used PEDAGOGY (Greek: "child-leading", meaning for Teen Grids).

Compliance to and training for Teen Grids is a topic of its own! Pedagogic-oriented groups fit better to this target use case.

Knowles' theory can be stated with six assumptions of adult learning:

1. Adults need to know the reason for learning something (Need to Know)
2. Experience (including error) provides the basis for learning activities (Foundation).
3. Adults need to be responsible for their decisions on education; involvement in the planning and evaluation of their instruction (Self-concept).
4. Adults are most interested in learning subjects having immediate relevance to their work and/or personal lives (Readiness).
5. Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented (Orientation).
6. Adults respond better to internal versus external motivators (Motivation).

Further items from Adult Learning Theory

The term allows discussion of contrast between self-directed and 'taught' education.

Prior to this, what are the "target use cases" for Andragogy in Virtual Worlds?

Vocational Training
Corporate Training & Development
Folk High Schools
(Volkshochschule Goslar is Winner of 2008 European e-Learning Awards for its Second Life conception)
European-wide EU Adult Learning Centres
Universities (University of Leicester) / Colleges

Embrace Your Power as Learning Performer
Your Needs & Requirements Can Make It Happen!
Social Constructivism = Client/Performer-Centered = Quality Management
What Your 21st Century CV Needs & Requires
Formal: International Quality Standard for e-Learning ISO/EIC 19796-3:2009
Informal: EU-Endorsed Quality Toolkit for Informal Adult Learning Centers

...Any more suggestions? Just ticket your ideas in this Help Desk form... according support response is part of the quality process. Recommendations for Continuous Improvement of Virtual Learning Processes

Quality Management of Peer Production in e-Learning
Peer Production Cycle


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Heutagogy - Self-Determined Learning

Started by James O'Reilly. Last reply by Paul Simbeck-Hampson Jan 8, 2010. 12 Replies

In education, heutagogy, a concept coined by Stewart Hase of Southern Cross University, is the study of self-determined learning. The notion is an expansion and reinterpretation of andragogy, and it…Continue

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Comment by James O'Reilly on March 14, 2010 at 11:26pm
European Association for Quality Language Services EAQUALS
Comment by Katherine Bolman on December 28, 2009 at 12:13pm
I got my doctorate from The Fielding Institute and it is a great way to learn Malcom Knowles started the Fielding Institute. With that as a background I am writing a course in the history of art and architecture.
Should you find you like any of the micro lessons please email me. I am doing a pilot study.
Comment by James O'Reilly on December 27, 2009 at 11:33pm
Comment by James O'Reilly on December 25, 2009 at 1:04am
Embrace your power as adult learning performer
Comment by James O'Reilly on December 24, 2009 at 4:16am

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