Research Pick of the Day #2
February 9th, 2010 by Maria Moriarty
Today’s Pick is…
The Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning (2009). This study by the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL ) in the United States notes that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that “… 70% of all jobs in the U.S. will require ICT skills by 2016″ (p.iii) Given these numbers the study looks at the range of available technology for education and learning and reviews the findings of recent research on online and distance learning within the context of adult literacy education.
The research findings clearly indicate that literacy learners want and can benefit from online learning and, based on this finding and the increasing need for ICT skills in the workforce makes a compelling case for a significant expansion of opportunities for online and distance learning.
The study also calls for further investigation of the conditions for successful online learning, how adults find and use technology in their learning, why and how they use technology and whether it is of benefit to them in achieving their learning goals.