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Learning for Life - The Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education Learning for Life
This curated report explores the substantial number of US adults lacking basic skills in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy, and the debilitating consequences.

Learning for Life is two-part publication series on instructional technologies within adult education.

The number of US adults lacking basic skills in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy is substantial – nearly one in six US adults maintains low literacy skills, while nearly one in three possesses low numeracy skills – and the consequences are debilitating. Not only is education fundamental to individual welfare and lifelong opportunity, but the effect of a large low-skilled adult population on the US economy is considerable.

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Learning to Adapt: Understanding the Adaptive Learning Supplier Landscape Learning to Adapt: Understanding the Adaptive Learning Supplier Landscape
Among the innovations sweeping across the higher education landscape, adaptive learning may remain one of the least understood and most misrepresented. At the same time, few “true” adaptive learning solutions have achieved meaningful scale of institutional adoption.

Given the challenges facing higher education institutions today and the profound rethinking of their missions and models taking place, now may be an ideal time for administrators and faculty to take a closer look at what an increasing number of suppliers are offering. In support of that goal, this publication provides the necessary signposts for more in-depth understanding of this still emergent segment. 

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Learning to Adapt - A Case for Accelerating Adaptive Learning in Higher Education Learning to Adapt: A Case for Accelerating Adaptive Learning in Higher Education
Adaptive learning is a more personalized, technology-enabled, and data-driven approach to learning that has the potential to deepen student engagement with learning materials, customize students’ pathways through curriculum, and permit instructors to use class time in more focused and productive ways.

Adaptive learning aims to make a significant contribution to improving retention, measuring student learning, aiding the achievement of better outcomes, and improving pedagogy.

This publication provides institutional decision-makers, technology providers, and other higher education stakeholders with tools and frameworks for identifying opportunities for the application of adaptive learning that is appropriate for a range of institutional contexts.

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Learning to Adapt 2.0 - The Evolution of Adaptive Learning in Higher Education Learning to Adapt 2.0: The Evolution of Adaptive Learning in Higher Education
Over the past four years, adaptive learning has gone from an ill-defined concept in postsecondary education to an important category of teaching and learning technology. Definitions of adaptive learning have been proposed and rejected, with the term often dismissed as “marketing-speak” among skeptical buyers.

Despite the confusion surrounding this technology, a promising road lies ahead as institutions and suppliers learn to adapt their approaches to ultimately best serve student outcomes. Learning to Adapt 2.0 explores the evolution of the adaptive learning market since the publication of Learning to Adapt in 2012. 

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Path to Employment - Maximizing the Impact of Alternative Pathways Programs Path to Employment
This two-part series highlights how alternative pathways can accelerate employment prospects.

In the latter half of 2016, Tyton Partners conducted national research on behalf of The James Irvine Foundation regarding innovative education-to-employment opportunities for low-income adults. The goal of this initiative is to better understand the emerging ecosystem of Alternative Pathways Programs. 

These programs are generally non-accredited, employment-oriented education and training initiatives that promise a pathway into the workforce for youth and adults.  The authors seek to explore how these models could support low-income adults and other underserved populations to enhance their readiness and access to sustainable employment opportunities and longer-term career pathways.

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Strengthening America’s Economy by Expanding Educational Opportunities for Working Adults Strengthening America’s Economy by Expanding Educational Opportunities for Working Adults
This curated report focuses on policy surrounding the unique challenges adult learners face in trying to achieve a postsecondary credential.

America’s middle class has lost a lot of its strength in recent decades due to a rapidly changing economy. The well-paying jobs of yesterday—those that could easily be accessed by someone with just a high school diploma—have been disappearing. Today’s economy does offer opportunity for good jobs with solid pay, but those opportunities are requiring a higher level of skill and credential than ever before.

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Time for Class 2017 - Tyton Partners Research Study

Time for Class 2017
This curated research study illuminates the state of digital learning in higher education and provides recommendations to the field on opportunities to expand digital learning in service of improved student outcomes.

The Time for Class series was first published in 2015 to share findings from Tyton Partners’ 2014 surveys of over 2,700 postsecondary faculty and administrators on their use and perceptions of digital courseware. This paper is an update to the Time for Class series and includes findings from two fall 2016 surveys of a national sample of 3,500 postsecondary faculty and administrators. The purpose of this series is to illuminate the state of digital learning in higher education and to provide recommendations to the field on opportunities to expand digital learning in service of improved student outcomes.

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