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Impact of Virtual Learning Environments on the Future of Adult Education and Training

Impact of Virtual Learning Environments on the Future of Adult Education and Training
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Author(s): David Deggs (University of Arkansas, USA), Kenda Grover (University of Arkansas, USA) and Kit Kacirek (University of Arkansas, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 15
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Viktor Wang (California State University - Long Beach, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-906-0.ch010

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Abstract

The use of distance education technologies has become more common in adult education and training programs over the past few decades as educators and trainers have made great strides to utilize these technologies to meet the increasingly demanding needs of adult learners. Meanwhile virtual learning has become a popular form of distance education, although it has only been implemented to a limited scope within adult education and training compared to other areas of education. This chapter explores the advances that have occurred with distance education technologies including standardized course management systems, investments in technology systems, and refinement of instructional delivery methods. The chapter also explores future trends that are likely to emerge regarding the use of virtual learning for adult education and training and also provide guidance to adult educators and trainers who plan to utilize virtual learning.

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