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Online Adult Education: Policy, Access, Completion and Equity

Online Adult Education: Policy, Access, Completion and Equity
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Author(s): Victor X. Wang (California State University, Long Beach, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 15
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Victor X. Wang (California State University - Long Beach, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-906-0.ch030

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Abstract

To serve a significant portion of the student population, adult learners, in the academy in the 21st century, this chapter argues that online education (e.g., e-learning) has the potential to open wider the door to greater access and advancement for learners across their life spans than the traditional four walled classroom. Some of the major issues revolving around online education and adult learners such as policy, access, completion and equity have been addressed in this chapter. The purpose of this chapter is to show how we can rely on practice and research to harness the great yet untapped potential of online education to promote online education programs especially among adult learners. Policy, access, completion and equity must be well addressed if online adult education is to be employed effectively and efficiently.

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