ERIC Number: ED421639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Technology and Adult Learning: Current Perspectives. ERIC Digest No. 197.
When considering the role of technology in adult learning, adult educators must determine how to respond to technology and exploit it without diminishing the learning experience. Four approaches to integrating technology into adult learning are currently being used: technology as curriculum (adults not only learn content through technology but also learn about technology itself); technology as a delivery mechanism (technology becomes the means for instructional delivery); technology as a complement to instruction (technology is used to complement instruction and extend learning); and technology as an instructional tool (technology is integrated into instructional activities). How technology can be structured to capitalize on the characteristics of adult learners must be considered as well. Like any other instructional tool, technology can either serve to perpetuate poor education practice or become a means for transforming learning. Although technology can enhance adult learning for many reasons, it does not promote learning in and of itself. Part of using technology effectively is understanding what adults want in the learning environment when technology is used. Adult educators can no longer afford to ignore the educational applications of technology; however, they must ensure that the focus remains on the learning and not the technology. (Contains 11 references) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.