How the 5 Concepts of Adult Learning Theory Maximize Recertification Success

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As adults, we might think our learning days are behind us. But the truth is we’re constantly expanding our skills and knowledge to progress in our careers. The tricky part of our learning process is that our needs and motivations differ from those of younger learners. That’s why integrating adult learning theory into a recertification program is so impactful. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how the five key concepts of adult learning theory can support a Continuous Certification model. Let’s get to learning!

1. Self-Directed Learning

In self-directed learning, the learner takes control and guides their own learning process. Adults prefer to have a say in what, when, and how they learn. Continuous Certification brings this important concept front and center through personalized learning paths and self-paced assessments. 

2. Experiential Learning

Adults don’t want to memorize material—they want to experience the learning process! The experiential learning concept is the belief that adults learn best by doing and by reflecting on their experiences. This concept comes to life in Continuous Certification by encouraging learning and assessment to run in parallel. Item types like case studies and interactive projects allow adults to expand on their experiences.

3. Readiness to Learn

The readiness to learn concept is the idea that adults want to learn when the subject matter is relevant to them, such as when learning will help them grow in their work. It’s all about ensuring a direct connection between the subject matter and the adult’s needs and goals. Continuous Certification supports this concept by being highly configurable and delivering profession-specific content for a more targeted learning experience. 

4. Orientation to Learning

Adult learners are often considered problem solvers. The orientation to learning concept states that adult learners are more engaged when developing practical knowledge and skills that will help them tackle current problems. And that’s exactly what Continuous Certification does! Continuous Certification incorporates learning resources like references, articles, and other study materials that reflect the most up-to-date information on emerging topics.

5. Motivation to Learn

The motivation to learn concept says that adults are driven by internal motives, such as personal growth or career advancement, when it comes to learning. In addition, adult learners want to know that the effort they put into learning is paying off. The Continuous Certification solution provides a dynamic dashboard that makes it easy for adult learners to track their progress and performance in their recertification journey.

Let’s continue the conversation about Continuous Certification and adult learning! If you have any questions or want to share your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to us and connect—we’re always here to chat at!

Reference list:
Internet Testing Systems. (2022, April 28). Relevant and Valuable: A Modern Approach to Recertification [Video]. Vimeo.

About the Author

Maya Spence is a Marketing Specialist at ITS with over a decade of experience in sales and marketing. Her creative flair for storytelling and her love for data-driven campaigns has led her to constantly innovate and elevate marketing strategies. Outside of ITS, she enjoys baking cookies and staying active through long-distance running.

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