This University of Maryland Baltimore College user page discusses motivation of adult learners. It outlines motivators, strategies, environment, and obstacles.
A few strategies listed from Wlodkowski include:
- Establish Inclusion
- Develop a Positive Attitude
- Enhance Meaning
- Engender Competence
I found two examples within establish inclusion very enlightening – multidimensional sharing and participation guidelines.
Multidimensional sharing, for example, executed early in the class through a brief introduction outlining expectations, concerns and hopes for the class can build a connection early on between the students and the instructor.
Also, setting participation guidelines can establish a clear vision of acceptable and unacceptable interactions and discussions that will ensure a safe environment that is conducive to participation. It can also help keep the class on point.