Technology in Adult Education

Technology in Adult Education

Technology in Adult Education

Date posted: May 12, 2015

Based on an American survey of over 1,000 program administrators and practitioners conducted in fall 2014, Learning for Life: the Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education: Part 1: Interest in and Aptitude for Technology reports on the role of and potential for technology in the instructional training programs that help adults develop basic literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills.  The overwhelming finding is that the vast majority of adult education program administrators and practitioners are enthusiastic about the potential for technology to support instruction.  Other findings include:

  • Technology infrastructure is strong in the adult education system.
  • Most adult education program instructors are comfortable with using technology.
  • Investing in technology is a budget priority for the majority of program administrators.
  • Almost 90% of adult education programs leverage free, open educational resources to support instruction.
  • With at least 55% and as many as 75% of adult education students owning smartphones, these devices are seen as offering the potential to improve engagement and instruction.

The report includes recommendations for policy makers, program administrators and practitioners, suppliers, and funders.

Read the full report here. The second report, due later this spring, will highlight supplier market dynamics, usage of instructional resources and programs’ purchasing processes.

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