Granted, I come from a different perspective than many business faculty and from many in the "training" field. Working on my Ph.d. in Education, I find I am fighting (although not alone) the "trainers" who feel that adult education in the workplace is "different" than teaching at the university level. The main differences I have seen have been in expected assessments (which are becoming increasingly dictated by business recruiters), motivation, and price. However, even in the motivation area, I have plenty of students that really want to be in college and many that don't just as I have had participants in a workplace seminar who only wanted to get out of work or did not want to be in training because they had more important things to do along with those that really wanted to learn what I was teaching them so they could do their job better.
So, what are the similarities?
- Relevant content for the student
- Student choice
- Time for reflection (multiple workshops over a long period of time for the workplace; in class time for students to reflect)
- Theory and practice (in other words, a good explanation as to WHY students or trainees should do things differently)
- Good classroom management skills and many activities to practice
- Developing a safe environment to make mistakes and learn from them
- Something tangible to take away (a paper, a project, a report, an outline, a check list) that demonstrates what you learned