While schools have placed a great deal of attention on technology in the classroom, it appears one instructional segment, adult education, has been left behind. Although 86 percent of adult education administrators and practitioners said they believe that technology solutions can "effectively support" adult education, only 54 percent of students in those programs always have access on site to computers for instructional purposes. Another 36 percent have only "occasional" access, and the bulk of the remainder have even less.
Two-thirds of these same professionals said they believe that technology-enabled instructional resources could provide practice opportunities for students outside class time. More than six out of 10 noted that technology could provide personalized instruction for students and help their students proceed through material at their own pace.
These results come out of a survey of 1,000 program administrators and practitioners across the adult education system done by Tyton Partners, which provides investment banking and strategy consulting services. According to Tyton's new report, "Learning for Life: The Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education," that system currently educates 4.1 million adults in adult basic education, adult secondary education, English as a second language, basic adult literacy and similar programs.
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