Online ExpertTrack in Study Skills

Adult Education Essentials

Gain the insights, skills, and strategies to plan, facilitate, and assess the delivery of student-centred adult learning programs.

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Create interactive, empowering, student-centred learning environments

As a response to technological developments and the changing landscape of the job market, people worldwide are continuously learning, upskilling, and retraining. This has led to educators of adult learners needing to develop engaging, meaningful courses that allow learners to apply their newly acquired knowledge in real-world situations.

Throughout this ExpertTrack, you’ll gain essential skills in creating and delivering courses that put the adult learner at the heart of your learning design.

Design and deliver engaging courses grounded in reflective practice

Student-centred approaches to teaching and learning have grown in popularity over the years. Focusing on reflective practice for both learners and educators, this approach encourages ongoing development and improvement as a guiding principle.

You’ll explore theories, models of practice, and strategies relevant to designing and delivering student-centred learning. This will equip you to develop inclusive, collaborative learning activities, using authentic and contextualised content.

Support a diverse learning process and ensure equity in learning and assessment

Positive learning environments are created by developing rapport with learners and building trust. By doing so, you can better support their diverse learning needs using fair assessment methods and relatable content.

You’ll examine a variety of teaching and learning models based on student-centred approaches and explore ways to engage learners with additional needs, with particular focus on embedding literacy and numeracy support into your teaching.

Explore assessment for learning techniques and improve learning outcomes

Using a range of assessment methods, including formative, competency-based, and alternative assessments, you’ll acquire the skills to monitor learner engagement, understanding, and progress.

By embedding reflective practice throughout your course design, you’ll be able to use the techniques you’ve learned throughout to adapt your practices as you go, ensuring a tailored and inclusive experience for every learner.

Learn from experts in Professional Development and Adult Learning at Wintec

Guided by world leaders in student-centred adult training, you’ll discover how to put these principles into practice, gaining the confidence to adapt frameworks and embed new approaches into your course designs. By doing so, you’ll improve educator and learner relationships, develop best practice strategies, and enhance learning outcomes.

Key skills you will learn

  • Course design capability
  • Lesson planning skills
  • Contexulising learning
  • Embedding literacy and numeracy
  • Using technology for learning
  • Assessing learning
  • Providing feedback
  • Creating student centred activities
  • Constructive alignment
  • Alternative assessments

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Explore student-centred, adult training programmes, that are authentic and contextualised and based on principles of constructive alignment
  • Demonstrate student-centred, adult training programmes, that are authentic and contextualised and based on principles of constructive alignment
  • Investigate student-centred delivery strategies, that are collaborative, inclusive and enhance learner engagement
  • Apply student-centred delivery strategies, that are collaborative, inclusive and enhance learner engagement
  • Identify a range of assessment strategies including formative, competency – based and alternative assessment practices.
  • Apply a range of assessment strategies including formative, competency – based and alternative assessment practices.

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is aimed at trainers and facilitators of adults, working in both formal and informal education settings and workplaces.

To make the most of this ExpertTrack, it’s recommended that you complete the Grow Your Workforces: How to Teach Adult Learners short course if you have no prior teaching experience.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack delivers essential skills and knowledge for educators and facilitators who want to develop their practice and confidence in adult teaching and training.

It is ideal for those who are new to teaching adult learners, particularly those with little or no formal teaching experience, as well as those wanting to improve their understanding of student-centred approaches.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Create and deliver inclusive, collaborative, student-centred learning that enhances adult learner engagement.

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introductions and Models of Practice
      • Introductions and overview
      • Assumptions about adult learners
      • Models of practice
      • Reflecting on Week 1
    • Week 2

      Student-centred course and programme design
      • Understanding student-centred teaching and learning
      • Models of course design
      • Reflecting on Week 2
    • Week 3

      Planning student-centred learning
      • Active and authentic learning
      • Constructive alignment
      • Developing Learning Outcomes
      • Reflecting on Week 3
    • Week 4

      Teaching as inquiry
      • Inquiry-based Learning
      • Problem-based learning
      • Reflecting on Student-centred course design
  • Course 2

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

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Creating a student-centred learning environment
      • Overview: Student-centred delivery
      • What happens in a student-centred learning environment?
      • Reflecting on Week 1
    • Week 2

      Supporting diverse learners
      • Overview: Supporting diverse learners
      • Getting to know your learners
      • Reflecting on Week 2
    • Week 3

      Embedded literacy and numeracy support
      • Overview
      • Embedded literacy and numeracy
      • Discussion and reflection
    • Week 4

      Technology in learning
      • Overview: Technology in learning
      • Models of design - online
      • Reflecting on Week 4
  • Course 3

    Explore student-centred assessment methods and develop your understanding of assessment for learning best practice.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Assessment principles and practices
      • Introductions
      • Question for the week
    • Week 2

      Formative assessment and competency-based assessment
      • Formative assessment
      • Competency-based assessment
      • Reflection and discussion
    • Week 3

      Alternative assessment
      • This week's overview and question
      • Forward-looking assessment
      • Reflection time!
    • Week 4

      • Feedback: Overview of this week
      • Approaches to giving to feedback
      • Involving students in feedback
      • Reflection
      • End of ExpertTrack Test

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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World-class learning with Wintec

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.

Meet your instructors

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


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

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