What the GED Can Teach CEOs

Do computers help people think better? Based on data from the GED, the high school equivalency degree, it sure seems that way: On paper, 72% of students passed. On computers, 88% did. (Starting in January, the test goes all-digital.)

Lesson for education:

Students think better when they pace themselves.

"They were able to focus better because the computer delivers one question at a time, and they weren't overwhelmed by all of the questions and the bubble sheets," says CT Turner, director of public affairs for GED Testing Service.

Lesson for business:

Employees train better when they pace themselves.

"The use of technology in the workplace is moving to 24/7 availability, allowing people to spend less time away from working, to essentially a model in which they are learning all of the time," says David Metnick, managing director at Accenture.

[Illustration by Alan Lewis]

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  • Jason Guard

    The insights that Owens reveals with this piece seem simple, but they offer a timely challenge to both adult educators and any advocate of professional development. I've spent my whole career in GED services trying to help learners integrate technology into their studies. Now, the challenge is to teachers to model and lead the blended/distance learning effort and the computer-based GED test is helping to raise that bar. I was so excited about this piece that I posted a blog to try and expound on it, if it's okay to share a link in the comments: http://deskillshare.blogspot.c...