“Technology has the potential to engage more learners, improve the learning experience, enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of providers and continue to meet the ever-changing needs of employers and the community. Technology is set to transform education over the next decade as much as it has transformed the rest of our lives over the past decade.” Matthew Hancock, Minister of State responsible for digital and culture policy, UK
This free online course aims to support adult educators to increase their effective use of technology with adults who are currently under-represented in education.
The use of technology can include more people in learning, improve and personalise the learner experience and support delivery. This is driving adult educators to integrate digital methods into their teaching and learning, increasing reach, engaging different audiences and developing the skills learners need for life, learning and work in the 21st century.
This can offer great benefits to providers, tutors and learners, but also brings new challenges. Technology can widen participation in learning, allowing learners to learn at any time and place at a pace that is appropriate to them, offering enormous potential to widen participation. However, there are provider barriers such as staff skills, technical support, equipment costs and licenses as well as learner barriers of access, digital skills, learning skills and literacy, especially for adults who are currently under – represented in education.
The course will equip educators with practical and pedagogical skills to use digital tools effectively in delivering Adult Learning, particularly for adults with lower level skills.
Who it is for
The course is for Adult Learning Professionals working in formal, non- formal and informal Adult Learning, especially educators working with adults who are currently under-represented in Adult education. This includes professionals in Family, Community and Third sector provision who are delivering lifelong learning. It will also be of interest to educators in further education, skills training, vocational education and workplace learning.