Online Andragogy Best Practices


In this learning module you will learn the difference between pedagogy and andragogy. You will then have the opportunity to explore some facts about adult learning and how knowing about andragogy helps you design learning for the adult student. It also includes an article about best practices for teaching online.

Time: About 38 minutes

Learning Activities

  1. REVIEW competency and learning objectives


• Discover online andragogy best practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the difference between andragogy and pedagogy.
  • Understand importance of andragogy to online learning.
  1. View and read the chart Pedagogy vs. Andragogy

    Why: It is important to understand the difference as you learn more about andragogy in this learning module.The chart provides you with examples of both. There is additional information available as well, if you want to click on the hyperlinks embedded in article.

    Time: 10 minutes

  1. Read 6 Top Facts About Adult Learning Theory.

    Why: Before you learn about best practices in online andragogy, it is important to define andragogy. The definition, according to Merriam-Webster is, “the art of science of teaching adult.” So, no matter what delivery method, these principles will apply, but are essential to know in online design and delivery.

    Time: 10 minutes

  1. Watch the video Andragogy (Adult Learning)

    Why: This short video provides you with an overview of Malcolm Knowles’ theory of andragogy or adult learning. You will learn six assumptions about adult learners, which you can use as you design your online course. For example, assumption one is “adult learners need to know why they are learning something and the benefits and risks.” This should be considered when developing learning activities and providing explanations for the activity.

    Time: 8:27 minute

  1. Read Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online Quick Guide For New Online Faculty.

    Why: These 10 researched based tips (best practices), if used, will help ensure you deliver a great online course. Some of the best practice tips reinforce other modules. For example, best practice 2, Create a supportive online course community, supports the module “Online Learning Community.”

    Time: 10 minutes