Author's note: This is a rudimentary theory explaining why distance education is more conducive for adult learners (andragogy).
In OMDE 601 as a side project to some of our readings, I developed a way of explaining knowledge construction. This is hardly a “learning theory” but seeks to try and explain why distance education can be more effective for adult learners. The chart below basically states: the younger you are the harder it is to understand the online learning environment. As children and teenagers we can participate in an online class without being “active” learners. I use the term “active” learners in the context of introspection i.e. recognizing a learning objective need, knowing how to achieve that learning objective, and reflecting on the achieved result. Not all students are “active” learners in this sense. Some students’ walk-in to an online class expecting rote memorization, they want ten quizzes, three tests and one grade. In my opinion, distance education operates most efficiently when students mature and introspection is at its peak.