Methods and tools to engage adult learners in the digital environment

Methods and tools to engage adult learners in the digital environment

One of the main objectives of the T4T project is to improve the knowledge and skills of educators in order to provide and maintain a high level of interaction and engagement of adult educators in digitally delivered lessons and sessions. This goal can be achieved by equipping adult educators with the tools to work with adult learners in online environments. Therefore, in this article we will present some tips and tools to equip adult educators. 

  1. Build in activities and tasks that encourage exploration 

When adult learners are actively engaged in their own learning process, they acquire knowledge more quickly. Create tasks or activities that motivate students to research independently and learn from their own experiences. Divide students into groups and ask them to work in a team, discuss a problem and benefit from each other’s experiences. 

  1. Use humour

This method is really great because it involves even the most unmotivated learners in your course. Your students will follow the content of your course more attentively because they want to hear your funny sense of humour. 

  1. Get emotional

If the material of your courses does not seem very interesting, try to engage the students with some memories and real life stories. 

  1. Add suspense

Your course could become more exciting if you save some interesting points until the end and do not tell them right at the beginning of the course.  


We also provide you with some digital tools that will help you engage your students:

  • Testmoz is a tool that allows teachers to create online quizzes. This tool is free and does not require re- registration. You can find it here:
  • Nearpod is a tool that allows you to create interactive presentations with quizzes, surveys, videos and more. You can find it here:
  • Quizlet is a free website that allows you to create digital flashcards that make your course more fun! You can find it here:

If you want to find more useful resources (articles, videos, tools, etc.) to help you create more interactive courses and engage your students, check out our Resource Library

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