Literacy and the Canadian Economy

July 27th, 2009byMaria Moriarty

Two very interesting items about literacy and the Canadian Economy have come across my desk recently. The first is a short (9 minute) video  Literacy  By the Numbers in which Scott Murray of Data Angel presents the economic argument for investing in adult learning. The video is available on the Literacy Nova Scotia web site […]

More teaching and learning online

July 20th, 2009byMaria Moriarty

Here is a link to an essential resource developed by Sue Folinsbee for the College Sector Committee in Ontario. Online Learning for Adults: Factors that Contribute to Success is an up-to-the minute literature review including a very useful section of effective practices and a very current bibiography – this is a “must read” for all […]

Good News – Increased funding for adult literacy in Ontario

July 3rd, 2009byMaria Moriarty

Yesterday the  Ontario Minister for Training  Colleges and Universities,  The Honorable John Milloy announced a significant one-time increase ( for 2009-2010) of $33 million to support adult literacy learning in the province.  $25 million will go to community-based, college and school board literacy programs, $5 million will be allocated to expand online literacy  learning opportunities, […]

Literacy in the future – the future of literacy in Canada

June 17th, 2008byMaria Moriarty

The Canadian Council on Learning has just released  Reading the Future – the first report of its kind in Canada providing detailed estimates of Canadian literacy levels through 2031. Based on  analysis and sythesis of data from the  International Adult Literacy and Skills Survery (IALSS ) the report argues that the proportion of adults with […]

Workplace Learning

April 7th, 2008byMaria Moriarty

Currently Canada is lagging behind both the U.S. and the U.K. in the  in the area of workplace learning  and there is an increasing awareness of the critical importance of workplace learning to address future labour market needs in light of an aging workforce and rapid technological change. So says a just-released report, Employer Investment in Workplace Learning  prepared by […]

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