Develop Training: Captivating and Motivating Adult Learners

What to know

This is a guide for instructors who provide in-person public health training sessions. Use the techniques, course outline template, and job aids to plan an engaging and effective training using adult learning principles.


The people who take your training have high expectations and specific needs to help them prepare for their work in public health. By including a variety of engaging teaching techniques, you will be more effective in promoting learning compared to lectures alone.

These techniques are based on adult learning principles that have proven to be effective in engaging learners and helping them retain new knowledge and skills long after class ends. Use the techniques described in the guide below to take what you know and deliver it in ways that will engage and excite your learners. This guide includes four steps to plan an engaging training session, a course outline example template, and job aids to help you make your training more engaging and effective for adult learners.