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ERIC Number: ED508552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-21
Pages: 73
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning: Expanding Access to Adult Education & Workforce Skills through Distance Learning
McCain, Mary L.
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (NJ1)
There is a highly compelling case for using technology on a large scale to increase access to and improve America's adult education and workforce skills enterprise. By the reckoning of the National Commission on Adult Literacy and others, the nation must reach many more millions of adults with effective college- and job-readiness skills programs in the next decade and beyond. The nation risks losing its economic viability, standard of living, and core democratic principles if it does not. The needed reform cannot be brought about without deploying technology on an unprecedented scale. As this paper makes clear, this means the extensive use of distance learning and all of the tools in this nations' distance learning arsenal. Fortunately, this nation does not need to start from scratch with programs and materials. All kinds of content is available as a foundation on which to build and a wide variety of existing and emerging technology (detailed in Appendices D and E) can be pressed into service. This paper offers five next-step recommendations for expanding access to adult education and workforce skills. Appendices include: (1) About the Study Director; (2) Professional Advisors; (3) Endnotes; (4) Tools of Technology; (5) Selected Programs and State Models; and (6) Bibliography. (Contains 60 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
Identifiers - Location: California; Canada; Oregon; United Kingdom