Learning Together with Digital Technologies report is now available

July 20th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

We are excited to announce that our report on a short-term project that provides a snapshot of the unique, innovative and exciting ways in which four adult literacy programs in Toronto are using digital technologies for teaching and learning is now available.

Learning together coverThe report, Learning Together with Digital Technologies: Illustrative Case Studies, is intended to generate a better sense of how staff, volunteers and students in literacy agencies are working with digital technologies, and to better understand the opportunities and challenges presented by digital technologies.

Although over the years we have worked closely with many adult literacy programs across the province, this time we decided to step out of our own environment and learn directly with and from adult literacy practitioners and students about their lived experiences using digital technologies.

We wanted to:

  • see how a program uses, works with and integrates digital technology in adult literacy programming
  • explore how programs are actually using digital technologies and e-learning (we define e-learning as teaching and learning with digital technologies)
  • learn about the opportunities and challenges that programs face so that we are better informed and can more closely align our services and supports to the needs of adult literacy programs
  • take a preliminary look at the use of digital technologies and e-learning in adult literacy programs in relation to the Use Digital Technology Competency of the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF)

The report is an account of very rich and transformative learning experiences for all of us. We hope that adult literacy programs and practitioners recognize themselves and their practices in our report and that, together, we will find a way to share what we know, what we are learning, and what we need to learn about using digital technologies to support and extend teaching and learning in adult literacy.

We thank all the students and staff at the Centre for Community Learning and Development (CCL&D), St. Christopher House Adult Literacy Program, the Labour Education Centre, and PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs – East for so graciously inviting us and for making us so welcome in your programs.

To access the report, visit www.learningtogether.alphaplus.ca