5 Steps to Becoming a Better Trainer - Session 1: The Adult Learner
Train-the-Trainer Seminars - IACET
New to delivering training? These resources can help any interested individual gain skills for delivering content in many contexts. These skills are necessary in delivering training and professional development to adult educators. New Trainers. I am a new trainer looking for effective practices to get started New to delivering training? The Who, Why, and What of Training design. Presenter Handbook.
An adult educator or AE is one who practices the profession of facilitating the learning of adults by applying the principles of androgogy. The broader term of trainer is sometimes used for an adult educator when listing job categories. However, a trainer is not necessarily an adult educator. As Malcolm Knowles proposes, to be a successful adult educator, one must recognize that adult learners are self-directed. That is, they know basically what they need to learn at a given point in their career and seek to engage in the process of their learning through active participation.
It is important to realize that any trainer needs two separate sets of skills and knowledge. First, they need to know the topic they are teaching and second, they need to know how to transfer that information to the student. You have probably noticed that there are a lot of training materials and training methods that do not seem to be a good fit for your training needs. Beginning with the fundamentals of human communication, students will gain an understanding of how the adult brain learns, adapts, and changes. You will explore different personality types and preferred learning methods, as well as the differences between education, training, and mentoring.