Evaluation and Application of Andragogical Assumptions to the Adult Online Learning Environment

Laurie C. Blondy
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


The usefulness and application of andragogical assumptions has long been debated by adult educators. The assumptions of andragogy are often criticized due to the lack of empirical evidence to support them, even though several educational theories are represented within the assumptions. In adult online education, these assumptions represent an ideal starting point for educators to use in their instructional approach. Application of these assumptions with respect to the type of course being taught and individual student needs can help create a learner centered approach to online education.

About the Author(s)...

Laurie Blondy has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for over 20 years. She has been consistently involved in nursing education in both the academic and practice settings. Currently she is completing her PhD in Adult and Post-Secondary Education primarily through an online format. She currently works as an Educational Nurse Specialist for the University of Michigan Health System and may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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