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The Impact of Educational Technology on Adult Learners

By Khaitsa Wasiyo

In today’s ever-changing business environment, successful adult learners are “agile and adept at creating knowledge, and more specifically, at maximizing the value and impact” of their prior knowledge. Educational technology allows adult learners to consume information and to use it in ways that support them in fulfilling their many roles and responsibilities. Being mature, self-directed and experienced, adult learners are often interested in practical and multi-purpose approaches to learning and working.

Digital technologies provide multimodal approaches for learning and creating multi-dimensional rapport among learners. Technology can be used to support student interactions with the content, other students and the instructor. When using communication technologies for learning purposes, relationships between teachers and adult learners are no longer comprised of one-way communication. Digital technologies open up the world to reveal a wide range of interactions for learning. But how have educational technologies really impacted adult learners?

Educational tools now allow learners to participate in learning environments where teachers and students can connect, communicate, interact and collaborate in ways that foster deep and engaged learning. Key benefits include the ability to increase personal and professional productivity and performance; having access to tools for planning and managing learning experiences and having tools for communicating and collaborating. Adult learners also enjoy learning through various learning styles – visual and auditory components in a lesson allow learners to get a more complete sense of the topic being discussed. So the use of multimedia and games has provided adult learners with engaging and interactive learning content.

Adult learners can achieve their various goals and pursue organizational leadership master’s degree jobs in organizational management, training, education, school administration and human resources. Educational tools allow learners in organizational change and leadership to lead and manage organizational operations in ways that take advantage of the current and emerging digital technologies.

A master’s degree in organizational leadership incorporates standard and emerging tools and approaches to create an online learning experience that is grounded in real world practices for success. Such experiences allow students to better understand the connections and rationale for how certain organizational results are produced. Leading organizational leadership programs prepare students to work effectively with digital technologies.

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Wasiyo, Khaitsa (2010, October). Using Cross Project Learning To Improve Project Management. Paper presented at the PMI Global Congress 2010, Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://www.pmi.org/learning/cross-project-learning-establish-environments-6547

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