CSERC: Adult CS Learning

E. Rogier, Open Universiteit Nederland
G. van der Veer, Open Universiteit Nederland

We discuss adult learning in the domain of information technology. Our focus is on adult distance learning, with examples for ICT design. We show how adult learning in this case differs from traditional school learning and how teaching goals may differ from learning goals. In order to develop generic understanding of how to design for adult learning we choose action research as technique for our empirical investigation and growing understanding. We show how practice allowed us to develop a view on providing and structuring learning resources, resulting in an attempt to develop design patterns for the various levels of structure that we identified.