Presentation is a fundamental component in how adults comprehend and retain information in continuing education courses and seminars. When preparing an instructor-led continuing education course, it is important to use techniques which will make your presentation straightforward and engaging.
The 90/20/8 rule, developed by the Bob Pike Group, is a structured formula for best presenting content to adult students. The rule states a class should break every 90 minutes to ensure participants understand and absorb course material. In addition, the presenter should ask for audience participation every 8 minutes to promote discussion and keep content interesting. Dividing course content into 20-minute segments can be an advantageous way to introduce material in manageable portions. Revisiting content through audience involvement will help students apply course information and resources to future projects.
Providers, what are your adult learning tips and techniques?
Additional resources on adult learning techniques:
The Bob Pike Group