Academic journal article Adult Learning

"Tech" Tools Enhance Our Seeking ... and Savoring

Academic journal article Adult Learning

"Tech" Tools Enhance Our Seeking ... and Savoring

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Introduction

A column featuring adult-education resources in a special issue about technology could take off in many directions. The definition of technology in my 1982 American Heritage Dictionary is listed as "The application of science, esp. to industrial or commercial skills" (p. 1248, emphasis added).

Susan Imel summed up, plainly and forcefully, much of what has happened when she concluded her article, "Technology and Adult Learning: Current Perspectives" (1998) this way:

   Adult educators may once have been able to ignore the educational
   applications of technology, but that is no longer the case. The tools that
   can support and advance the goals of adult learning are a part of everyday
   life and are used by millions of adults on a daily basis. Unless adult
   educators become proactive in developing opportunities that will provide
   advantages for adult learners, they may end up watching the exploitation of
   technologies.... Their primary role should be to ensure that the focus is
   on the learning and not the technology.... (ERIC Digest No. 197; full text
   available at http://www.ericacve.org/docs/dig197.htm).

Well, I like to think that I am always focused on the learning, but here was my license also to play with the tech tools as much as I wanted. …

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