"Teaching Adult Undergraduate Students" (web page) focuses on the unique "characteristics and challenges" of "adult students and adult learners ... who fall outside of the typical 18-24 age range, or who have life experiences and responsibilities beyond those typically expected of a college student."
Topics covered include the following:
1. Who Is an Adult?
"Non-traditional undergraduate students ... are generally adults by anyone’s definition," including those who:
- "begin or return to college after the typical age of 18-24"
- "have had important life experiences before returning to college, experiences like raising a family, starting their careers, or serving in the military"
- "are enrolled full or part-time while also working 35 hours or more per week, students with dependents — whether married or single parents, and those who claim financial independence.
2. Research on What Works for Adult Learners
3. Strategies for Connecting with Adult Learners
"[S]everal key strategies for connecting with adult learners that provide useful pedagogical implications" include the following:
- "Engage with adult learners personally." [3 specific suggestions]
- "Help adults build on what they already know." [2 specific suggestions]
- "Create opportunities for interaction." [2 specific suggestions]