Title: Intensive short-term learning: some approaches to contemporary adult education

Authors: Peter Serdyukov, Nataliya Serdyukova

Addresses: National University, 11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA. ' National University, 11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

Abstract: Intensive short-term education is becoming highly sought after by adult learners. Intensive learning, shown as a higher-productivity process, completed in a shorter duration than a traditional course, is differentiated from the accelerated one that is just compressed in time. Various factors of intensive learning are considered, based on contemporary theories and practices. Two models of the instructional process: parallel and sequential, and two notions characterising today|s adult learner|s needs: convenience and zone of comfort, are discussed. These approaches can be implemented in both onsite and online educational formats.

Keywords: adult education; intensive and accelerated learning; short-term instruction; teaching and learning methodology; educational technology; onsite and online formats; time factor; productivity of learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2004.004574

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2004 Vol.14 No.1/2, pp.58 - 67

Published online: 13 May 2004 *

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