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This course is part of the Adult Education Essentials ExpertTrack

Adult Education Essentials: Student-Centred Delivery for Adult Learners

Advance your delivery skills using teaching and learning models and strategies to create a student-centred learning environment.

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    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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Deliver engaging learning activities founded in reflective practice

In student-centred learning environments, learners are encouraged to take centre-stage when constructing their learning.

On this four-week course, you’ll advance your delivery skills in this environment, learning how to encourage engagement and monitor progress through a range of activities.

Explore methods of building rapport with your adult learners

Using good practice strategies, you’ll learn how to build rapport to identify individuals’ strengths, goals, and challenges, and understand their cultures and backgrounds.

With this knowledge, you’ll develop the skills to increase motivation, comfort, and trust. You’ll deliver learning that is built on a foundation of shared experience and cultural understanding.

Embed literacy and numeracy skills into your adult learning programs

You’ll investigate how to integrate literacy and numeracy support into your delivery, ensuring it is relevant to learning contexts. You’ll also learn how to accommodate specific learning requirements, ensuring equity in learning and assessment.

With these skills, you’ll be able to support diverse learners, providing fair access to learning.

Examine educational technology models including TPACK and SAMR

Technology can enhance student-centred learning by improving learner support, providing stimulating platforms for learning, and expanding the channels of communication within the classroom.

You’ll examine two teaching models and use these frameworks to develop your own strategies for improving technological support for learners.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand how delivery is shaped by student-centred approaches to learning. You’ll have gained the confidence to build rapport with students and support different personal experiences to improve learning outcomes.


  • Week 1

    Creating a student-centred learning environment

    • Overview: Student-centred delivery

      What does a student-centred learning environment look like? How can the teacher ensure they are locating the learner at the centre of delivery?

    • What happens in a student-centred learning environment?

      The following steps explore a range of strategies to engage learners in a student-centred learning environment.

    • Reflecting on Week 1

      It's time to reflect on our journey through the first week of: Creating a student-centred learning environment.

  • Week 2

    Supporting diverse learners

    • Overview: Supporting diverse learners

      How do we better understand our learners as individuals with distinct learning requirements? How do we build rapport with our learners to ensure positive learning experiences for all?

    • Getting to know your learners

      One of the most important strategies for a teacher is knowing their learners. Who are they? What do they know and what do they need to know?

    • Reflecting on Week 2

      This week we have looked a range of strategies for supporting a diverse group of learners. Let's reflect on and share our learnings.

  • Week 3

    Embedded literacy and numeracy support

    • Overview

      This week we focus on embedded literacy and numeracy. What is embedded literacy and numeracy and how do you embed this across your delivery?

    • Embedded literacy and numeracy

      This activity looks at how literacy and numeracy sits within a student-centred approach.

    • Discussion and reflection

      Let's spend some time thinking about embedding literacy and numeracy in our own context and practice.

  • Week 4

    Technology in learning

    • Overview: Technology in learning

      Technology's impact on the design and delivery of adult education is extensive; with today's teachers' challenged to deliver IT skills while applying a huge range of digital tools and platforms to enhance learning.

    • Models of design - online

      We need to make sure we are using technology wisely in our classroom. It's important we integrate the use of technology in with the content and our teaching pedagogy. Let's take a look at two models we can use: TPACK and SAMR.

    • Reflecting on Week 4

      Technology has changed learning and teaching in many obvious and not-so-obvious ways. We've looked at ways we can use technology to enhance our teaching.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply student-centred delivery strategies, that are collaborative, inclusive and enhance learner engagement
  • Investigate student-centred delivery strategies, that are collaborative, inclusive and enhance learner engagement

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for adult learning facilitators with little or no formal training in teaching and learning. It is suitable for those considering a career in adult teaching or those who have recently begun teaching adults.

Who will you learn with?

M Ed (Tertiary) Dist. PG Dip Ed (Adult Ed) Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Adult Ed) Grad Dip TESOL.

Team Manager and Academic Leader -Wintec

Linkedin: Linkedin.com/in/adie-haultain-b6397b2b

I have been working in adult education for the past 20 years.

Who developed the course?


The Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) is a leading tertiary education provider and one of New Zealand’s largest Institutes of Technology. Established in 1924, Wintec delivers technical, vocational, and professional education across a broad range of qualifications, domestically and internationally.

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