Mobile Apps and Platforms Core to Adult Learning

According to research nearly half of UK adults have turned to digital technology, such as mobile apps and platforms, to develop skills in the comfort of their own home.

The research, conducted by Hallifax Insurance, found skills typically passed down between generations are now typically learned online or through an app.

Two thirds of respondents said they had gone online to improve their skills, with the report also finding the teaching of activities that previously used face-to-face instruction such as learning a musical instrument or a foreign language heading online too.

Educational psychologist, Kairen Cullen, said: “The advent of new technology has brought with it many ways to accommodate different learning styles. It offers individuals the flexibility and choice to learn at their own pace in settings that fit easily into personal situations.”

The report found the desire for flexible learning and privacy was behind the surge in usage of digital learning options.

Nearly half of respondents said they wouldn’t have time to learn new skills if it wasn’t for technology.

Cullen also said that digital learning may have some drawbacks however.

She said: “Social media and ever-evolving online teaching methods offset this to some degree, as does the fact that people now have access to a huge array of resources that can help expand their knowledge, thinking and practical skills.”

Senior manager at Hallifax Insurance, Martyn Foulds, said the report’s findings made it clear that mobile devices were increasingly valuable tools for helping people develop personal skills that previously may have been inaccessible.

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