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Technology and Innovation in Adult Learning

Book Description

A comprehensive exploration of technology's role in adult learning

Technology and Innovation in Adult Learning introduces educators and students to the intersection of adult learning and the growing technological revolution. Written by an internationally recognized expert in the field, this book explores the theory, research, and practice driving innovation in both adult learning and learning technology, and illuminates a powerful approach to recognize and leverage these opportunities. Building on current trends and research in technology and its use, each chapter illustrates the need, opportunities, and examples of current and future technologies that scaffold adult learning, and provides comprehensive coverage of both current and emerging challenges.

Many adult learning faculty, practitioners, and students realize that technology presents a growing and ever-present set of issues, yet few feel confident in identifying the opportunities that arise with each step forward. This book clarifies the interplay between adult learning and learning technology, and characterizes the cyclic exchange of information and opportunities that link these fields now and in the future.

  • Understand the critical issues currently affecting adult learning
  • Learn how technology is presenting both opportunities and challenges for the teaching and learning of adults in different contexts
  • Examine recent research on learning technology for adult learners
  • Discover how technological innovation can be applied now and how it will continue to shape the future of learning

Adult learning is on the rise, and there is no mistaking technology's role; whether they're learning with or about technology, today's adult learners come with unique sets of needs and skills that demand specialized approaches. Traditional pedagogical techniques don't transfer directly, and learning technology requires its own unique approach to development and use. Technology and Innovation in Adult Learning equips practitioners to further adult learning and shape the future of the field, while providing a rich perspective for classroom inquiry and research.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Preface
    1. Who Will Benefit from This Book?
    2. Overview of the Book
    3. A New Leader Emerges: Adult Learning in the Digital Age
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Part 1: A Foundation for New Learning
  8. Chapter 1: The Digital Age Secret for Success: Adult Learning
    1. The Lifesaver
    2. Conclusion
  9. Chapter 2: Understanding the Evolution of the Digital Age
    1. How Did We Get Here?
    2. Spurring Change Trends and Demands
    3. Conclusion
  10. Chapter 3: Adult Learning and Living in the Digital Age
    1. Personal Development
    2. Wellness
    3. The Workplace
    4. Entertainment
    5. Spirituality
    6. Informal and Formal Education
    7. Conclusion
  11. Chapter 4: Biological Concerns: Development, Aging, and Neuroscience
    1. Models and Stages
    2. Cognitive Development Theories
    3. Intrinsic Motivation
    4. Learning Preferences
    5. Neuroplasticity
    6. Critical Connections with Prior Experiences
    7. Conclusion
  12. Part 2: Scaffolding Essential Skills for Learning in the Digital Age
  13. Chapter 5: Andragogy Illustrated
    1. Andragogy Concepts and Background
    2. Learning Developing from Social Role Tasks
    3. Applications of Andragogy
    4. Conclusion
  14. Chapter 6: Motivation's Essential Role
    1. Motivation Defined
    2. Motivation Needed
    3. Extrinsic Motivation
    4. Intrinsic Motivation
    5. Leveraging Intrinsic Motivation with Technology Toolkit (LIMT Toolkit)
    6. Conclusion
  15. Chapter 7: Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
    1. Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
    2. Strategies to Cultivate: Critical Thinking and Problem-Based Learning
    3. Conclusion
  16. Chapter 8: Self-Directed Learning Discovered
    1. Background of SDL
    2. Strategies for Cultivating SDL
    3. Conclusion
  17. Chapter 9: Required Intercultural Competencies
    1. Understanding Diversity in a Globally Connected World
    2. Diversity Theories and Models
    3. Strategies for Diversity Awareness
    4. Conclusion
  18. Chapter 10: Transformative Learning Perspectives
    1. Transformative Learning Theory Specifics
    2. Digital Age Needs for Transformative Learning
    3. TL Research and Theory for the Digital Age
    4. Transformative Learning Experience Strategies
    5. Conclusion
  19. Part 3: New Vistas in a Digital World
  20. Chapter 11: Mind, Body, and Spirit Connections
    1. Digital Age Needs for MBS Awareness
    2. Mindfulness and Learning
    3. MBS Theories and Models to Consider
    4. Strategies to Incorporate MBS Awareness in Adult Learning
    5. Conclusion
  21. Chapter 12: e-Learning Models: Distance, Mobile, Virtual, and Informal Learning
    1. Innovation Sweeps Across Adult Learning Sectors
    2. Innovation and Adoption
    3. e-Learning
    4. e-Learning Theories and Models for the Digital Age
    5. Strategies for Using e-Learning in the Digital Age
    6. Conclusion
  22. Chapter 13: Psychology of Technology Use and Adoption
    1. Psychology of Technology
    2. Theories and Models
    3. Strategic Applications
    4. Conclusion
  23. Chapter 14: Conclusion: Emergent Research Opportunities
    1. Adult Learning: New Vistas of Possibilities
    2. Types of Learning Needed
    3. Contexts of Adult Learning
    4. Adult Learning Research: Opportunities
    5. The Model of Researching Adult Learning and Innovation (MoRALI)
    6. Strategy 14.1: Technology-Assisted Research Inquiry
    7. Conclusion
  24. References
  25. Index
  26. End User License Agreement