Singapore University of Social Sciences

Teaching and Assessing Adult Learners

Teaching and Assessing Adult Learners (WSX551)


WSX551 Teaching and Assessing Adult Learners prepares the participants to teach adult learners and write assessment. Framed using the curriculum, instruction and assessment (CAI) approach, the course explores the core principles of adult learning, and addresses the various learning and teaching approaches to engage learners. Additionally, technology-enabled pedagogies for online and blended learning will be introduced; facilitating participants to design technology-enabled activities and models for flexible learning. Last but not least, drawing on the foundations of assessment and assessment strategies, participants will be guided to construct assessment tasks and scoring criteria.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 15
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Key characteristics of adult learning
  • Purposes of adult education
  • Approaches to learning and teaching
  • Approaches to motivating adult learners
  • Responsibility and accountability in adult education
  • Approaches to blended learning
  • Synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Cognitivist and constructivist technology tools
  • Learning sciences principles for effective learning
  • Tech-enabled learning activities
  • Foundations of assessment
  • Purposes of assessment
  • Types of assessments for adult learners
  • Assessment design
  • Developing rubrics/scoring criteria
  • Feedback for adult learners

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss characteristics of adult learners and learning
  • Compare different learning theories and teaching approaches for adult learners
  • Appraise the appropriateness of teaching approaches for different purposes
  • Differentiate between synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Design tech-enabled activities for different pedagogical purposes
  • Construct blended learning models for different educational settings
  • Discuss foundations of assessment
  • Construct assessment tasks and scoring criteria
  • Critique assessment tasks against foundations of assessment
  • Justify design of tech-enabled learning in achieving the learning outcomes
  • Develop people (and self viz. reflection on personal beliefs and how people learn)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills (and teaching competencies in facilitating learning)
  • Apply digital literacy (in the facilitation of learning)
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