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EDUC621 - Online Learning for the Adult and the K-16 Learner

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC621 Course ID: 4355 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will examine the differences between the learning needs and abilities of the adult and the younger learner. The course will highlight the importance of differentiating instruction and course development between adult learners and K-12 learners. The adult learner may be viewed as a student who is a mature worker and approaching the achievement of a degree after they are more self-guided in their learning. The adult learner seeks learning to make sense and will rarely perform an activity that is not related or aligned. These adult learning attributes differ from the younger learner, who may need guidance in how to be self-directed and apply new information toward an important purpose and future direction. (Candidates in the M. Ed. Teaching-Concentration in Secondary Social Studies program must take the 16-week course version per the West Virginia Board of Education-no exceptions.)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Understand the history and development of online and distance learning.
  • Analyze trends and issues in online learning to remain consistently current within the field.
  • Evaluate learning management systems.
  • Analyze adult learning theory (andragogy) versus pedagogy.
  • Apply instructional approaches that accommodate both young and adult learners.

Required textbooks for this course:

ISTE. (n.d.) ISTE Standards. Retrieved from

Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2003). The virtual student: A profile and guide to working with online learners.

San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., & Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2014). Teaching and learning at a distance:

Foundations of Distance Education. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Book Title:Virtual Student : A Profile and Guide to Working with Online Learners - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Palloff, Rena M. / Pratt, Keith
Unit Cost:$36.60
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education, 6th ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Information Age Publishing
Author:Simonson, Michael
Unit Cost:$83.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.