Can technology reshape adult education?

National survey of adult educators shows opportunity for instructional technology to dramatically improve and expand adult basic education.

adult-educationA national survey of stakeholders from across the adult education ecosystem finds enthusiasm and desire for instructional technologies among those serving the nation’s underprepared adult learners.

An overwhelming majority of surveyed adult education administrators and practitioners – 86 percent – believe technology solutions can effectively support instruction.

“Learning for Life: The Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education” is the first of two papers exploring the effective use of advanced learning technologies in adult education and presents findings from the national survey. Published by Tyton Partners with support from the Joyce Foundation and in partnership with the Commission on Adult Basic Education, the paper is available for free download here.

“Ed-tech funding was at a record high in 2014 as investors and businesses chase the promise for technology to make a transformative impact on student learning and achievement in preK-12, postsecondary and corporate and professional learning environments,” said Adam Newman, co-founder and managing partner at Tyton Partners in Boston and co-author of the new research report. “We need the same level of zeal, creativity, and resources applied to solutions supporting the significant number of underprepared adults.”

(Next page: Top findings from the survey)

Laura Ascione