Framework for Effective Adult Learning

Policy or Initiative Description

While much attention has focused on the use of technology to facilitate distance learning or personalized learning, educational institutions require a better understanding of how adults learn, particularly when interfacing with technology. Educational institutions should create a framework for putting lessons learned and best practices from past studies  into practice practice. Such information is necessary to design training and skills programs that are effective in helping adults learn.

Enhanced workplace digital learning

Researchers at MIT are studying the science of digital learning in the support of such a framework. One study found the workers who participated in structured discussion following a standard training video viewing retained the information at a rate that was 25% better than those in other testing conditions.


Kana Okano, Jakub R. Kaczmarzyk, and John D. E. Gabrieli, "Enhancing workplace digital learning by use of the science of learning", October 2018



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