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Focus Week: Adults as Students: Top tips to keep them supported and on track

23 March 2023
ONLINE via Zoom Webinar

Please note: This live event has now occurred. However, you can still purchase the recording of this webinar individually OR as part of the Student Support Bundle.

This webinar is one of five available during Velg Training's dedicated Focus Week - Student Support.

About this webinar

There are many reasons adults return to formal learning. For example, to work toward a new job, to upskill, or because it’s a workplace direction.

Trouble is, being adults, they've already got busy lives with work, family commitments and other responsibilities, and study is just another thing to fit into a day. They may also have expectations about the learning environment that don't match reality. They might be out of practice with formal approaches to teaching and learning. And, perhaps not everyone has the technology or skills to participate in modern training and assessment.

Sometimes you might even get adults in your classroom that don't want to be there but have to be. As a trainer, how do you deal with this reluctance and other challenges and turn it into something positive?

Mick Gwyther has a strong history in Adult and Community Education (ACE) and VET and a wealth of experience in supporting adult learners to achieve in their courses!

 Join Mick in this session for top tips and to learn more about:

  • How to deal with reluctant learners and engage students who are attending the class "because they have to"

  •  How to support students who are apprehensive about accessing or participating in the training sessions because of limited digital skills 

  • Techniques to keep busy adults participating as learners in your course and on track for completion 

  • Activity methods to gather measures of participation using adult learning principles 

  • Adapting your facilitation style as you go

Key topics covered within webinar

  • Dealing with ‘reluctant’ learners
  • Supporting students’ digital skills confidence
  • Keeping students on track
  • Measuring participation
  • Adapting your facilitation

NB. Can't make the session?
We send out all electronic resources to registrants within 72 hours of the session close. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging on to the online training session.

Date & Time

Thursday 23 March  2023
10:30am - 11:30am (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
11:30am - 12:30pm (AEDT: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
11:00am - 12:00pm (ACDT: SA)
10:00am - 11:00am (ACST: NT)
8:30am - 9:30am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

Anyone responsible for developing or delivering to adult learners:

  • Trainers
  • Assessors
  • Training Managers
  • L&D Managers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Resource developers

What to expect

Presented by Michael Gwyther, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • PowerPoint (in PDF format)
  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Michael Gwyther

Michael Gwyther commenced e-learning while  working in the Learn Local sector in the mid-1990s. He began mentoring ACE teachers in 1998 before setting up an RTO with his videographer partner Erin. Now through Yum Studio, he oversees a variety of coaching, mentoring and training programs to assist educators and RTOs to introduce learner centred approaches to digital learning. Michael is also a digital learning designer and digital facilitation coach.

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter Michael Gwyther before the session, please email

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