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September 2017 – Training on the Principles of Adult Learning

Training on Adult Learning Principles and Learning Styles

We loved working with the community health worker and project replication teams from Project ECHO out of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine for a 3-hour training on adult learning principles and learning styles. The training was fun and full of interaction, participation, and discussion about ways to understand and engage participants. For this project, we created a customized guide called “Participant Focused Training Guide” which includes both quick and detailed ways to assure one considers their participants — who they are, their backgrounds and cultures, their learning style preferences, their existing knowledge and experiences — in the design of trainings and curricula.

At Soda Creek, integration of adult learning principles is the foundation of much of our work, including curriculum development and the development of learning tools and trainings. Sara Nelson, principal and co-owner, first learned about these principles as well as popular education while volunteering in the Dominican Republic in her teens and then while teaching English as a Second Language in the jails while in college. She has continued to utilize these methodologies throughout her career up to present.

Principles of Adult Learning Preparation

Principles of Adult Learning Preparation



Training guide and train-the-trainer


Our Role

Principles of Adult Learning Guide – We developed a customized guide for Project ECHO staff to use when developing training, curricula, and facilitation in order to incorporate the principles of adult learning and strategies for different types of learners.

Train-the-trainer on the principles of adult learning – We introduced Project ECHO staff to the guide (described above) and trained them on how to utilize it when writing curricula and working with different audiences.