The use of digital technologies for learning supports the education of adult learners and their teachers and extends educational opportunities to reach new groups of students. The thoughtful integration of digital technologies into the traditional scheme of education and their use in developing new ways of learning is necessary to ensure students have the tools to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing technological society.
Digital technologies for learning, such as self-paced learning modules, multimedia case studies, simulations, video tutorials, and communications and assessment tools, can increase the array of learning opportunities for adult students and their teachers.
Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning, (1.5 MB) 2008, provides findings on the threshold levels of language and literacy proficiency necessary for adult learners to use the Internet for independent learning.
Expanding Access to Adult Literacy with Online Distance Education: An Overview of Online Distance Education PDF (672K), this monograph from the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, 2003, explores the potential of online distance education to serve the needs of adult basic education students. This report was funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).
Technology in Today's ABE Classroom: A Look at the Technology Practices and Preferences of Adult Basic Education Teachers (ABE) PDF (1.33MB) from World Education (World Ed), 2003, provides highlights from World Ed's survey to better understand how to direct their services better in the Northeastern United States.
Assessing the Impact of Technology in Teaching and Learning: A Sourcebook for Evaluators from the Institute for Social Research,PDF (428 KB) University of Michigan, 2002, provides an overview of measurement issues in seven areas, from learner outcomes to technology integration. A collection of appendices includes examples of measures used in a variety of technology projects previously funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
AdultEd Online aims to improve the quality of classroom instruction classroom teachers and administrators need to be knowledgeable about ways that technology can be used to improve student achievement. The Technology Integration Self Assessment allows teachers to measure their skills in 12 areas and get a customized professional development plan to improve their skills.
California's Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) provides ABE and English language resources and publications for teachers, students and administrators.
The California Distance Learning Project for Adult Educators includes an overview of distance learning as well as research and resources for teachers and program administrators.
Project IDEAL (Improving Distance Education for Adult Learners) was established to raise the quality of distance education across the country.) The project was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education.
Learner Web is a learning support system that provides structure and resources for adults who want to identify specific goals and steps to reach those goals. The Learning Web is self paced and allows the learner to explore the range of a subject area, to find resources to support their learning online and in their community.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) was established to provide leadership in the development of policies and resources in order to use technology to promote achievement of the National Education Goals. The OET provides links to the draft National Educational Technology Plan.
Community Partnerships for Adult Learning, sponsored by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, includes practical How-Tos for program administrators and instructors on implementing distance learning and integrating technology into the adult education classroom.