How Can Technology Transform Adult Education and Current Practice?

Join us this week in the Technology and Learning group!

Event:  Guided LINCS Community discussion with Drs. Art Graesser and David Rosen

Date: August 13-19, 2013

Where: LINCS Community: Technology and Learning group

How can technology transform adult education and current practice?  

During August 13-19, 2013, adult education and technology experts Art Graesser and David Rosen will facilitate a discussion aimed at answering this question in the LINCS Community’s Technology and Learning group. All current community members and the public are invited to participate in this discussion about the use of education technology in the adult education field to innovate teaching and learning to meet the needs of adult learners.

This dialogue is in response to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s call for public comments on a draft report recently released on LINCS: Connected Teaching and Personalized Learning: Implications of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) for Adult Education, produced through a contract with the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

Drs. Graesser and Rosen will share their reflections on the draft report with the LINCS Community in the Technology and Learning discussion group. To guide the discussion, this event will consider the following questions:

  • How can the adult education field realize the vision and goals of the NETP, given its limited resources?
  • Which NETP areas should be the field’s immediate focus, and what are the implications for policy and practice?
  • How can the vision of connected teaching and personalized learning be applied to the adult education field and for adult learners currently unconnected to an established program?

Detailed Schedule of Discussion Topics:

  • Tuesday – Wednesday, August 13-14 – Topic: Learning (discussion will be cross-posted to Disabilities in Adult Education group)
  • Thursday, August 15 – Topic: Assessment (discussion will be cross-posted to Formative Assessment group)
  • Friday – Saturday, August 16-17 – Topic: Teaching (discussion will be cross-posted to Evidence-based Professional Development group)
  • Sunday – Monday, August 18-19 – Topic: Productivity and Infrastructure (discussion will be cross-posted to the Program Management group)

Please join us in the LINCS Community to share your comments! Those who are not yet registered for the LINCS Community will need to create an account to join the discussion.

Related Documents and Resources:

About the LINCS Community Discussion: The report has been reviewed by two experts in adult education and technology: Art Graesser and David Rosen, who will initiate a discussion about the report during the week of August 13-19, 2013 in the LINCS Community’s Technology and Learning group. Dr. Art Graesser is a professor in the Department of Psychology and an adjunct professor in Computer Science at the University of Memphis. Dr. David Rosen, president of Newsome Associates, conducts education and evaluation consulting for adult education. Please join the Technology and Learning group in the LINCS Community to actively participate in this important discussion.

About the 2010 NETP Report: The 2010 NETP report titled Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, upon which the NETP Implications for Adult Education report is based, was produced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. The 2010 report outlines five goals and describes corresponding recommendations to address Learning, Assessment, Teaching, Infrastructure, and Productivity.

About the Project: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, through a contract with the American Institutes for Research for the Open Education Resources to Support Adult STEM Teaching and Learning project, is pleased to announce the Connected Teaching and Personalized Learning: Implications of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) for Adult Education (2013). The purpose of this project is to develop new and innovative ways to improve the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content in adult education using open educational resources (OERs). The project also aims to increase awareness of and access to quality STEM OERs for adult educators by gathering appropriate resources and developing courses to train educators on STEM OERs. For more information about the Connected Teaching and Personalized Learning: Implications of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) for Adult Education report or the OER STEM project, contact Project Director Dahlia Shaewitz at