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Adult learning using technology


Adult learning principles describe how adults acquire and remember new information. These ideas have historically emphasised the value of experiential learning, self-directed learning, and the function of motivation in the learning process and have been well-established through decades of research.

It is now obvious that adult learning concepts must change in order to successfully incorporate technology into the learning process as a result of the growing usage of technology in education. Here are a few causes for this:

  1. With the aid of technology, adult learners can access a wide range of learning tools and materials that can be customised to their unique requirements and learning preferences. Adult learners, who frequently have different goals and motivations than child learners, benefit more from this individualised approach to learning.
  2. One of the fundamental tenets of adult education is the value of self-directed learning, or the capacity to take charge of one’s own learning process. Technology can help with this. By giving students access to a variety of tools and materials that they can study at their own speed, technology can support self-directed learning. Adult learners who might not have the time or finances to attend conventional classroom-based courses may find this to be extremely helpful.
  3. Experiential learning is made possible by technology, which is another important aspect of adult education. Experiential learning is also known as learning by doing. By offering immersive, interactive learning opportunities that let adult learners actively engage with and explore new concepts and ideas, technology can support experiential learning.
  4. The ability for individuals to continuously learn and adjust to new information and technology is becoming more and more crucial in today’s environment of fast change. By giving users access to a variety of resources and materials that can be quickly updated and refreshed as new information becomes available, technology may facilitate continuous learning.

It is obvious that in order to properly integrate technology into the learning process and fulfill adult learners’ continuous learning demands, adult learning principles must change with the usage of technology. Educators may design more efficient and interesting learning experiences for adult learners by utilising technology to support individualised, self-directed, experiential, and continuing learning.

Certitude Australia remains at the forefront of technology use in adult learning.  Our goal is to shape the future of individuals and organisations and part of this includes the openness and willingness to engage new and emerging technologies to enhance our ability to provide skill development and capability transfer.