New research report about adult learners and digital media

September 27th, 2012 by Administrator

Adult Learners and Digital MediaAlphaPlus’ most recent publication, Adult Learners and Digital Media: Exploring the usage of digital media with adult literacy learners, reports on the results of a study that documented the perceptions and experiences of ten adult learners using digital media to create their own digital texts. The learners were then asked to reflect on how they think digital media might help them build digital literacy skills and whether they could apply these skills in their daily lives.

The purpose of this study was twofold:

  1. To explore and understand the attitudes and experiences of adult Canadians who are non-users or limited users of digital media and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). 
  2. To investigate the ways in which adult learners use and respond to digital media in order to expand their communication potential.

The authors of the report explored the attitudes and experiences of adult literacy learners’ use of digital media, through small group and one-on-one interviews, in order to understand the challenges and barriers that this group of learners face. The learners who participated in the study were attendees of the Adult Literacy Program offered by the John Howard Society of Durham Region in Oshawa and the Adult Literacy Program at the Windsor Public Library.

Click here to access the report.