Adult Learners and Digital Media report

September 26th, 2012 by Matthias Sturm

AlphaPlus’ most recent publication Adult Learners and Digital Media: Exploring the usage of digital media with adult literacy learners reports on research based on the study of the perceptions and experiences of ten adult learners with digital media as they work through small group sessions to create their own digital texts and then reflect on whether and how they think that digital media might help them build digital literacy skills and whether they might be able to apply these skills in their daily lives.

The purpose of this small scale study was twofold:

  • 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).
  • To investigate the ways in which adult learners use and respond to digital media in order to expand their communication potential.

In this report, the authors explore attitudes and experiences of adult literacy learners with digital media through small group and one-on-one interviews, in order to understand the challenges and barriers that may exist. The learners who participated were attending 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.