We inaugurated our design brief series last spring with Designing Technology for Adult Learners: Applying Adult Learning Theory. This series is for education technology developers and entrepreneurs who wish to enter the adult learning market, a market with enormous growth potential.

We have now published our second brief, Designing Technology for Adult Learners: Support and Scaffolding. Adult learners will achieve the most when using digital learning tools when they have additional support and scaffolding. This short report shares the research behind five key instructional strategies to consider when designing ed-tech for these adult learners.

Product designers who create new technology products tailored to adults’ unique support and scaffolding needs will have the best chance of meeting one of our nation’s great learning challenges — while capitalizing on an untapped market opportunity.

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