Adult Ed and Open Educational Resources are having a bit of a challenge getting in the door. We need good adult ed resources at all levels — texts, activities, software, etc — but how to get them made?
Adult ed is the poor stepchild of higher ed. Many adult ed “instructors” are volunteers or part-time. Many resources for adults are in places like libraries and church basements. Many of these adults have learning disabilities and the standard issue generic text-based curricula don’t work.
The fokls in Sara Goldrick-Rab’s book were people trying to change their lives w/ college, and how many of them didn’t make it. ( http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo24663096.html )
What if there were OER so that anybody could access it and learn different ways to learn and teach?
Oh, and what would it take to start up a nice little tech college / community learning center designed from the ground up with UDL? The potential is out here.
I mean, if you’re going to stand up and cheer for what she’s saying… how about putting funding where your hands are?