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Developers and Adult Ed Programs Collaborate to Make Apps for Low-Skilled Learners

Posted on 03/25/2016

According to a national report from Tyton Partners External link opens in new window or tab on the state of adult education and technology, 86 percent of administrators want technology for their students and are willing to use their resources to get the best products possible. Yet there’s a bit of a dilemma when looking deeper into how adult education sites purchase digital learning tools. Adult learners need technology that is both powerful and simple to use, which requires good design and development. However, this can lead to a cost that is beyond the reach of many programs. For a chronically under-funded education sector, getting the right technology into the hands of under-skilled learners can seem insurmountable.

And yet, agencies in the Adult Education field are getting around those challenges by directly collaborating with new, smaller education technology product developers to create customized solutions. The result: better-designed products that are often more cost effective than “off-the-rack” solutions.

Know Your Learners, Not Technology

When asked what developers need most for effective collaboration with adult education programs, Jamie Hollier, Co-CEO from Anneal, said, “Educators need to come to the table knowing what their goals for the app are. I can build out the features, but it all starts with the educational goal.” Hollier is currently leading a team on a re-design of Digital Learn, an app that teaches digital literacy, for the Chicago Public Library (CPL) External link opens in new window or tab.

Read more in the article by Digital Promise.

Source: Digital Promise: Developers and Adult Ed Programs Collaborate to Make Apps for Low-Skilled Learners External link opens in new window or tab (accessed March 20th, 2016).