Learner Information – PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT

May 1st, 2017byAlan Cherwinski

A new fiscal year is underway and we are excited to announce a mini-project: an environmental scan of local data collection systems. As part of our 2017–18 business plan and with funding support from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, AlphaPlus will complete an environmental scan identifying local systems supporting the collection and […]

Information Technology makes us Happier!!!!!!!!

May 17th, 2010byMaria Moriarty

According to a just released research report    The Information Dividend: Can IT make you “Happier” by BCS  The Chartered Institute for IT in the U.K. ( they’ve been around since 1957!!) – information technology has a positive  impact our sense of well-being  because we experience a greater sense of freedom and  control – most […]

E-learning for the 21st Century

February 19th, 2010byMaria Moriarty

Contact North published two challenge papers in the last two months, both to encourage and further the discussion on the future role of technology in learning. Fast Forward: How Emerging Technologies are Transforming Education & Training explores  the “developments in technology that will have a far-reaching impact on learning, teaching and the organizations which design, […]

Research Pick of the Day #6

February 15th, 2010byMaria Moriarty

Today’s pick is… Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning This  is the report of  a  A Meta -Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. A Meta-analysis is described in the report as “… a technique for combining the results of multiple experiments or quasi-experiments to obtain a composite estimate of the size of the […]

Research Pick of the Day #5

February 12th, 2010byMaria Moriarty

Today’s pick is… Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills required for independent online learning (2008) prepared by Heidi Silver-Pacuilla for the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) i the United States An examination of the “threshold” levels of literacy and language proficiency needed  to used the internet for independent learning.  The study drew data from three […]

Research Pick of the Day #4

February 11th, 2010byMaria Moriarty

Today’s pick is…. Researching Online Learning with Adult Literacies Learners in Scotland (2009) This is an examination of the current use of online and blended learning  in adult literacy programs in Scotland.  Recognizing that the terminology often used in relation to the use of technology in teaching and learning the study provides very useful definitions […]

Research Pick of the Day #3

February 10th, 2010byMaria Moriarty

Today’s pick is…. Virtual learning environments: An evaluation of their development (2009) A study of Virtual Learning Environments in the U.K.    We know them better in Canada as Learning Management Systems such as Moodle. The study looked at VLEs  in 18 colleges, six primary and 2 secondary schools, 3 workplace programs and 3 adult […]

Research Pick of the Day #2

February 9th, 2010byMaria Moriarty

Today’s Pick is… The  Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning (2009).   This study by the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL ) in the United States notes  that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  predicts that “… 70% of all jobs in the U.S. will require ICT skills by 2016″ (p.iii)   Given these […]

Research Pick of the Day #1

February 8th, 2010byMaria Moriarty

Welcome to our second annual research mini-marathon” on the blog . This year our focus is on digital literacies and online and distance learning .  Over the next 6 days  we will post a description of an  research report or project from  the U.S.  the U.K. and Scotland  – and a link to the full document.  […]

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