Education Technology for Adult Learners

 

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A new report published by Luminary Labs aims to draw attention and create further investment to the types of education technology that brings a positive impact on the learning experience of adult learners. For this reason, the report highlights five key areas where improvement can be made: first, supplementing the instructor; second, designing for life; third, engaging the learner; fourth, building the community; and fifth, making connections through real-world applications (Schaffhauser).

Supplementing the instructor focuses on using artificial intelligence (AI) for grading to free up an educator’s time support more interactions. Designing for life uses mobile tools to enable distance learning and video conferencing to allow face-to-face meetings when attendance can’t be guaranteed. Engaging the learners by incorporating collaborative software tools and communication forums so educators can build trust and encourage teamwork. Building a community by the use of modern-day learning management systems (LMS) to bring all the classroom resources into an accessible online environment for students and instructors to communicate and collaborate with each other.  Finally, making connections through the educational uses of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to enhance the learning experience by linking the course material to real-world applications.

On the whole, by focusing on and investing in these critical areas, educators and students can open a dialogue to discuss potential solutions that bring better learning outcomes not only for adult learners but for all students.

For more information, read the full article on Campus Technology