Designing Technology for Adult Learners: Support and Scaffolding

We at the Digital Promise Adult Learning initiative inaugurated our design brief series last spring with Designing for Adult Learners: 5 Key Principles Drawn from Adult Learning Theory. This series is for education technology developers and entrepreneurs who wish to enter the adult learning market, a market with enormous growth potential.

We have now published our second brief, Designing for Technology Adult Learners: Support and Scaffolding. Adult learners will achieve the most when using digital learning tools when they have additional support and scaffolding. This short report shares the research behind five key instructional strategies to consider when designing ed-tech for these adult learners.