New Perspectives of Andragogy in Relation to the Use of Technology

New Perspectives of Andragogy in Relation to the Use of Technology

Lesley Farmer (California State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-745-9.ch005
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This chapter examines technological factors that influence the conditions and processes of adult learning, and how adult educators can deal with those changes effectively. Technology can reinforce and enhance adult learning, providing a learning environment with tools and resources that the learner can explore and control, thus fostering more independent, adult-centered learning. Adult learning changes because of the need to learn how to use technology tools, the opportunity for expanded access to resources, the variations in designing and experiencing learning experiences, and the expanded opportunities to engage with these resources and with other learners. Several issues contextualize the realities and challenges of adult learning as impacted by technology: workplace learning and learning organizations, informal learning, distance education, globalization, the Digital Divide, and older adult learners. Emerging trends are also mentioned.
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5.2 Technology’S Impact On Society

Technology has existed for thousands of years, from the invention of the wheel onward. Technology under girded the Industrial Revolution. Today’s technology is marked by its electronic, digital nature. As such, digital technology permeates society at the daily level as well as on the governmental level. Indeed, technology has become so ubiquitous that it can be overlooked. Even in developing countries where the main issue is survival and life appears to be timeless, technology can impact them: technology-based research informs agricultural practices, local products reach remote distances because of technological logistics, and natural disasters are addressed more quickly because of technology-based communication and coordination. Global issues have the potential to be heard immediately because of telecommunications, and the financial world would shut down if it were to be cut off from technology for a week. Even if they are unaware of technology, adults have to cope with its impact.

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