ERIC Number: ED445187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
New Technology and Lifelong Learning.
Key issues related to the relationship between new technology and lifelong learning in the United Kingdom and elsewhere were identified through reviews of the literature on information and communications technology (ICT) and the literature on lifelong learning. Two overarching issues related to the interplay of new technology and lifelong learning were identified. The first is the issue of access and participation, and the second is the issue of the effectiveness of learning once the barriers of access have been overcome. Although new ICT options offer a way around the distance and time barriers that prevent many adults from participating in lifelong learning, these new options are unlikely to be available to learners from disadvantaged or low-income social groups, workers in low-skilled jobs, and unemployed individuals. The new technologies do, however, offer advantages for learners with disabilities, and they have the potential to improve learners' access to information and guidance. Furthermore, ICT-based materials can be designed to build on all modes and stages of learning. However, more research is needed to determine ICT's effectiveness in supporting learning outcomes for predegree and vocational qualifications and to determine the interplay of cultural factors, personal identity, ICT, and lifelong learning. (Contains 28 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Computer Uses in Education, Counseling Services, Cultural Influences, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Educationally Disadvantaged, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Internet, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Open Universities, Outcomes of Education, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Research Needs, Special Needs Students, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education, World Wide Web
For full text: http://www.open.ac.uk/lifelong-learning/papers/393CCEC3-0008-67C6 -0000015700000157_MaryThorpepaper.docv5.0.doc.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Australia; Canada; United Kingdom