Using Technology to Help Students Set, Monitor, and Achieve Goals
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on April 28, 2021 in categoryFacts & Research

In the current issue of Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy, Anthony Burik from the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network was invited to write this issue’s “Technology Solutions for Adult Basic Skills Challenges” column. 

In the article, Burik responds to the challenge of student goals falling by the wayside. Burik reacts to the importance of setting and sticking with goals and offers a five-part solution for adult educators to successfully use technology to set, monitor, and achieve student goals.

Read an excerpt from his column here: 

Possible Solution 
The solution has five parts: adopting a goals framework; determining technology access, connectivity and ability; nudging; selecting the tech tools to use; and celebrating student achievement and success.

Adopting a Goals Framework 
It is important to adopt a goal-setting framework that will provide the language and structure moving forward. Many adult educators are already familiar with SMART goal setting, which originally comes from the business world. SMART is an acronym which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound, and each component helps students focus on what they want to and can achieve in a certain period of time. SMART goals also lie at the foundation of some of the edtech tools that will be discussed shortly. There are many SMART goal-setting guides and handouts online; a good place to start would be this San Diego Continuing Education webpage with handouts (See “Decision Making Goal Setting - SMART” at and this handout developed by the Lake County (FL) Library System (See “Goal Setting Strategies” at 

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