Fast-track your recovery: removing the barriers to adult education

A look at how data-driven cognition technology can benefit businesses and individuals

“Inclusive education is not merely a way of integrating more learners into mainstream education, but rather an approach that can transform education systems in order to meet the needs and diversity of learners” – (UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2016)

As unemployment rises, more adults will be turning to education to increase their skills and qualifications.

Many adults who re-engage in education do so for the first time in years or even since they left full-time schooling. Supporting the needs of adult learners using data-driven technology can have an enormous impact on their decisions to pursue further study and life-changing opportunities.

Unfortunately, the least qualified adults are the least likely to engage with learning. To remove the disadvantage these adults face, we must understand and break down the barriers to their success.

There is a massive global effort underway to increase social mobility and inclusivity in education.

More and more educators are using cognition technology to gain a greater insight into how their learners think and learn and subsequently improve their support based on learners’ individual cognitive needs.

Understanding your adult learners

“If we are to engage more adults in learning and realise the benefits of doing so, […] it is vital that we understand who learns, how they do so, and their motivations and barriers to learning” – (Learning & Work Institute, 2019)

We all think and learn differently, and around one in every four people have a learning need that requires support.

Our brains are incredibly complex, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning.

It’s hugely beneficial for organisations to raise awareness of and embrace cognitive diversity because it helps to build a more inclusive society and resilient workforce.

Adult education has suffered decades of decline, and the current global pandemic has only reinforced our need for change in the education sector. Creating more flexible learning environments offers opportunities to a broader cohort of learners with various backgrounds and abilities.

Utilising edtech innovations

Technology is helping organisations implement cost-effective and scalable solutions.

But edtech innovations must allow for more evidence-based decision making across the adult learning and skills sector. Cognassist has adapted well-established cognitive tasks used by neuropsychologists to a digital system. Our assessment and support platform identifies and engages with learners who require additional support.

We focus on the forefront of our cognitive and educational knowledge, communicating where the barriers to education occur for learners with learning difficulties.

Recently, Cognassist investigated some of the most prominent research surrounding the barriers to adult education. A thematic white paper, based on the significant statistics and observations within this body of research and our own data sets, is now available for your consideration.

We examine the findings from prominent authorities, including:

  • OECD
  • the World Economic Forum
  • the Social Mobility Commission
  • Mencap
  • the Learning & Work Institute
  • and more…

We also take an in-depth look at the cutting-edge of our scientific knowledge on how the brain works.

We want to give education providers a better understanding of their learners, through clear starting points and an enhanced learner journey. We will look at how providers can quickly implement practical changes to increase learner retention and achievement.

If we hope to fast-track our economic recovery, we need to ensure that every individual has the support they need to retrain and upskill within adult education effectively.

Prospective learners want to see that their learning and career goals are achievable.

Download the white paper to discover how cognition technology can raise the quality of support delivery and change the lives of learners.

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