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Accelerating Change: How education technology developers can jump-start a new adult education market, A Study by Digital Promise

Posted on 12/07/2015

A new study commissioned by Digital Promise External link opens in new window or tab and conducted by research firm Whiteboard Advisors, “Accelerating Change External link opens in new window or tab,” explores how education technology developers can spur the adult education market for technology with products that are geared toward under-skilled adult learners. The results provide critical insights into how the adult education market is ripe for innovation.

Patti Constantakis, the Director of Adult Learning Initiatives at Digital Promise, provides more detail:

“With this primer, we sought to begin to answer several important questions that developers might ask when considering stepping into the market.

  • What is the opportunity in the adult education market? It’s big. We lay out the pace at which emerging technologies have been adopted within our existing system of adult education and size up the opportunity.
  • What does funding and purchasing look like? We explain the policies and funding streams that shape the market today, including emerging opportunities at the federal, state, local and philanthropic levels.
  • Who are the adult learners and what are their needs? We spend a lot of time with this question, sharing perspectives from the field to help entrepreneurs understand the real-world demands of practitioners, and think about use-cases and solutions.
  • What can we borrow from technology trends we see in other education markets?Trends like mobile learning, blended learning and micro-credentials have strong potential in adult learning and we discuss how to effectively use them in this market.
  • What types of partnership opportunities are there? No one is in this alone. There are a lot of opportunities for innovative partnerships within the adult learning sector and we lay out ideas for many potential collaborations with both public and private entities.”


Digital Promise article: Accelerating Change in Adult Education.2015. (accessed, December 6, 2015)

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