This page provides educators and developers an initial overview of the adult learning market: the key education technology research studies and the leading professional organizations for both adult education and workforce development. To dive deeper into the market, visit our Understanding the Market and Entering the Market pages.

The National Broadband Research Agenda

Digital Promise partnered with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to respond to the public call...

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Digital Inclusion and Digital Literacy in the United States: A Portrait from PIAAC’s Survey of Adult Skills

This paper uses U.S. data from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) to explore a digital inclusion pathway for adult learners from digital access to digital literacy. Of particular interest are findings showing the importance of digital skills for earnings growth.

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Digital Readiness Gaps

The Pew Research Center uses new survey findings to examine digital readiness in adult learners, exploring the attitudes and behaviors underpinning issues of preparedness and comfort in using digital tools for learning.

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Curbing Adult Student Attrition: Evidence from a Field Experiment

An experiment designed to improve attendance by texting messages and reminders to adult students. This inexpensive intervention had a large, positive effect on attendance and course completion.

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Education Technology in Corrections

This report describes the current status of ed-tech in corrections, existing and emerging approaches to providing ed-tech in such facilities, and the successes and challenges of early implementers.

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Digital Literacy Acquisition and Equity Research

The Literacy, Language & Technology Research Group's (LLTR) 17 research briefs on how under-served adults acquire digital literacy skills in adult education programs.

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Integrating Digital Literacy Into English Language Instruction: Companion Learning Resource

A synthesis of the ideas and practices from the seminal resources on adult English language learners (ELLs) that offers techniques to help practitioners integrate digital literacy into ELL classes.

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Report: Game-Based Learning Helps Students Develop Writing Skills

This pilot of a game-based learning platform show improved college student engagement and self-efficacy in writing courses. These results can be extrapolated to develop literacy programs for adults.

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Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)

COABE advances national and international adult education and literacy opportunities for all persons by advocating for the development of research, methods, materials, resources, and programs. COABE also holds professional development conferences and activities to advance adult education and literacy.

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Jobs for the Future (JFF)

JFF is a national nonprofit working to ensure educational and economic opportunity for all. They develop innovative career pathways, educational resources, and public policies that increase college readiness and career success and build a more highly skilled workforce.

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