I realise adult education is an important factor in the education industry as more people wish to upgrade their skills. I was wondering what everyone thinks the future is for adult education?

I am assuming many adults wishing to further their education are have many contraints such as:
- time
- family
- monetary
- distance (maybe)
- age limit for admission (maybe)

These are all factors I can see as an obstacle for many.
How can we over come these?
Are there some I'm missing?

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In some ways adult education is at the forefront of embracing technology (compared to schools). Universities all offer distance learning to meet the needs of adult learners as you described. Learning is becoming more flexible as students can study with more than one provider (say for a degree) and can, within parameters, work at their own pace. Compare this with twenty years ago - I think only the Open University offered an alternative form of study besides being on campus.

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I like the innovative issues addressed, but as things are moving so fast "muddling through" has been the favored approach up to now. Convergence of the course into Moodle and into 3D virtual worlds is under way.
Adult education has a strong future, but as others have indicated, the exact form that it takes may change. Adult educators who are willing to diversify and obtain skills (not unlike the process their students are undertaking) will be in a better position to keep on working as the profession changes.
I am all for adult education. In Ghana from where i come from, there are millions of people who do not have any form of education at all. Unfortunately some politicians use that to their advantage so they are not willing to educate the populace. To educate those people will require a lot of money, time and the sort of technology will will reach millions at the same time. that is where the challenge is. Nevertheless we are finding a way to surmount that in our own small way.
You remind me that we are lucky here in the states. We are constantly trying to improve our adult education system, and to get more funding to be able to serve more people, to provide more and better professional development for our teachers. But at least we have a system, with a long and proud history. Education and literacy are worldwide issues, and the more technology develops, the more we have opportunities to share resources and ideas across borders.

Has anyone heard of or worked with Teachers Without Borders? I have just explored the site a little bit. It's a volunteer organization and looks pretty interesting.



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