Technology and Adult Learning: Understanding E-Learning and the Lifelong Learner

By Kenneth D. Ott.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Technology, as an educational tool, has grown rapidly over the last several years. In addition, the adult learner as a lifelong learner, using technology, has also increased substantially. Many considerations must be taken into account when designing, developing, and implementing educational programs to the adult learner. Understanding important considerations for adults in e-learning environments are essential in the changing world in which we live. E-learning poses new challenges not only to the student but also the instructor. Knowledge about how these instructors and students adapt to this new environment is crucial within the learning context. Therefore, it is essential to possess an understanding of the challenges of learning theories and especially theories about lifelong learning using technology. Unlike in a traditional learning environment, the adult e-learner is responsible for personal work, usually independent from a structured atmosphere, and free from direct supervision. The adult learner must not only have the discipline to take this course but must possess the attitude to excel in this

Keywords: Adult Learner, Lifelong Learner, Technology, E-learning

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.31-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 721.141KB).

Dr. Kenneth D. Ott

Associate Professor, Department of Adult and Career Educaiton, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, USA

Dr. Kenneth Ott serves as an Associate Professor of Adult and Career Education at Valdosta State University. He teaches adult and occupational education courses. He has experience in government, industry, corporate, and educational environments.


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