Adult Learning or Andragogy highlights that adult learners are fundamentally different in their methods of learning in comparison with children. As an L&D professional, you need to understand these differences and figure out the best methods that can be employed to meet the adult learning needs.
With adult learners, you will encounter different types of expectations, demands, and challenges. The key is to accommodate to these needs and work in a manner that is most effective and engaging for them. Understanding the human psychology and brain science can help in this regard.
While there are multiple methodologies to make this happen, there is a model proposed by Lila Davachi, Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University that is known to be very effective. Known as AGES (Attention-Generation-Emotion-Spacing), this model highlights four key elements that are essential for effective adult learning. Let us go through the four elements in detail now.