The demographics of students attending institutions of higher education in the United States are changing. These students form a distinct population in that they often bring rich personal and employment experiences to the classroom, may struggle to support multiple roles and responsibilities above and beyond those of traditional learners, and can require significant adjustments in terms of their learning styles, needs, and abilities Baptista, ; Ross-Gordon, At the same time, there has been an incredible expansion in the area of information and communications technology Radford, This growth in technology is changing the nature of higher education. Educators are feeling more and more pressure to provide educational content and teaching methods that keep pace with ongoing scientific and technical progress. Faculty, especially in higher educational institutions, must adapt to employ technology effectively to deliver content for students, whether on campus or at a distance.
Training and the Needs of Adult Learners
The Effects of Digital Technology on Learning | Psychology Today
Challenges presented by emerging technologies today is that technology continues to advance, grow, and change. Adult learners can continue to learn with on line curriculum that will allow to continue to work and advance the education. As an adult educator, creating an effective method to prepare the adult learners for problem solving, creative thinking, and providing structure using technology is necessary for the online learner. What should online instructors consider before incorporating technology into the online learning environment? In doing so, as the educator, I must review my institutional technology and media tool resources to create a rich online learning environment. In addition, be familiar with how to implement the technological applications into the curriculum as well as encourage the adult learners to share their experiences with using technology to learn. Developing teacher-student and student-student relationships will help students to develop community and support each other as well as build networking with the other adult learners.
5 Positive Effects Technology Has on Teaching & Learning
It has impacted how we think, because we depend on it; how we read, how we communicate and so much more. It has even impacted the education world. Technology has profoundly changed how teachers teach and how students learn, especially adult learners. With the aid of the Internet, the classroom walls no longer become a barrier. Technology has broken this barrier by enabling new ways of learning, communicating, and working collaboratively with educators and learners all around the world.
In this report, we take advantage of a particularly large survey to conduct a unique exploration not only of technology use between Americans ages 65 or older and the rest of the population, but within the senior population as well. Two different groups of older Americans emerge. The first group which leans toward younger, more highly educated, or more affluent seniors has relatively substantial technology assets, and also has a positive view toward the benefits of online platforms. The other which tends to be older and less affluent, often with significant challenges with health or disability is largely disconnected from the world of digital tools and services, both physically and psychologically. As the internet plays an increasingly central role in connecting Americans of all ages to news and information, government services, health resources, and opportunities for social support, these divisions are noteworthy—particularly for the many organizations and individual caregivers who serve the older adult population.