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ERIC Number: EJ876834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 26
Characteristics of Successful Adult Distance Instructors for Adult Learners
Smith, Nora N.
Inquiry, v8 n1 Spr 2003
In this age of rapid technological and economic change, life-long learning is becoming a way of life. The average age of students will become greater. Participation in learning activities by learners 18 and over increased from 38 percent in 1991 to 50 percent in 1999 (U.S. Department of Education, NCES, 1999). As the population seeks more education, there will continue to be an increase in the number of adult distance students, which means that more instructors will be needed to teach them. For distance instructors, knowing how computers operate and understanding how educational technologies operate is not adequate preparation to work with adult learners. Distance instructors have to be learning constantly. Distance education instructors often find that to be effective, they must acquire a different set of skills than they use in a traditional classroom. To help make students more comfortable in distance learning environments, adult distance instructors need to be able to identify learner characteristics. In this article, the author explores the relationship between the characteristics of older adult learners and the teaching success of distance educators. Since training for distance instructors is a continuous process, the author identifies different types of effective training for them and looks at common mistakes of new distance instructors.
Descriptors: Adult Educators, Lifelong Learning, Nontraditional Students, Distance Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Environment, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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