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Training Adult Learners: How to Reach and Engage Your Audience

Training programs are successful when learners are able to apply new knowledge to everyday workplace responsibilities. In order to ensure successful learning, agencies must develop training programs that understand and cater to their audiences of adult learners. This National RTAP Technical Brief, Training Adult Learners: How to Reach and Engage Your Audience, discusses the characteristics of adult learners, describes the process of learning, and provides agencies with tips on planning and delivering their training programs. It also discusses learning technologies and will recommend strategies for hosting a successful webinar.  The brief was released in 2012 and updated in 2019.