Teaching Adult Learners

This course is open for registration.

If you teach adults, or plan to as you develop in your career, learn how to teach adults, as adults. Light on theory and heavy on practical guidance and problem solving, Teaching Adult Learners will guide you in identifying, applying, and problem-solving implementations of principles of Malcolm Knowles’s theory of adult learning and of Heutagogy, the theory and practice of self-determined learning.

You’ll learn by interacting with scenarios teaching and instructional typically encounter--a single session introduction to library services workshop, an online course, and a face-to-face course.

The course includes:

  • Realistic scenarios that you interact with to learn and practice skills
  • Self-assessment of skills, pre and post
  • Recommended readings & resources 
  • Supplemental resources and tips

Learning Outcomes

After you have completed the course, you will be able to:

  • Select andragogical and heutagogical strategies appropriate to an audience, format, and outcomes 
  • Implement instructional andragogical and heutagogical strategies 
  • Address problems in the implementation of andragogical and heutagogical interventions


Health Sciences librarians that teach or plan to teach adults in academic or hospital settings. Teaching experience is helpful but not necessary.

MLA CE Credits 1.5

Subject Matter Expert 

Lauren Hays, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri. Previously, she was the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. She is a co-editor of The Grounded Instruction Librarian: Participating in The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the author or coauthor on a number of articles on teaching and learning.

The team that created Teaching Adult Learners:

Lauren Hays, Subject Matter Expert

Jeanne Bernui, Instructional Designer

Shenita Peterson, MLA Instruction & Instructional Design Curriculum Committee Representative

Staff support:

Deb Cavanaugh, MLA Director, Professional Development

Barry Grant, MLA Director, Education

Registration Fees:

Member: $85

Student Member: $43

Emeritus, Retired, Unemployed and Lower Dues: $43

Nonmember: $115