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So, what are the true barriers to effective and edtech integration in adult Ed? Whether it's a matter of 'us' or 'them,' let's make a list. Add your biggest pet-peeve stumbling block with a comment, or 'second' one of those listed here and I'll delve into it deeper (with the help of your thoughts) in future blog posts where I hope we can come up with some solutions.
- Out of date hardware
- Narrow list of approved online learning programs/software
- State buys software (no local choice)
- State controls online learning (centralized service gives local programs a pass)
- Firewalls block access to instructional tools
- Teacher/staff familiarity with the latest options
- Too few adult ed appropriate publisher offerings (and those that exist have too many shortcomings)
- Nothing is offered en Espanol
- Not enough low level material
- Learner computer skill level is too low (or software is just not intuitive enough)
- State won't fund computer skill instruction
- Need more training/support, but no money to fund it
- Need paid teacher time outside of class to monitor online learning
- State cannot 'endorse' products
- Screening/placement is subjective, need assessment tools
- Need effectiveness data to determine software choices
- Microsoft Internet Explorer on all the machines - many programs not compatible
- Strict adherence to the K12 program year doesn't allow for self-directed options for learning during breaks.
- Antiquated sources of authoritative information on distance learning for adults
Okay. Now, it's your turn. Contribute your own issue here. Ask for clarification on any you want to explore further. Now that's we've identified the problems, we'll just go down the list and solve them. But first, we need to prioritize them. Why the tech not?