AlphaPlus Web Index

November 22nd, 2017 by Alan Cherwinski

The AlphaPlus Web Index is a collection of links to resources relevant to adult basic education. It covers subjects such as digital literacy, the integration of technology in instruction and mobile learning.

Google Slides helps students develop multiple skills independently

March 15th, 2017 by Alan Cherwinski

Prince Edward Learning Centre (PELC) uses Google Slides to help students develop multiple skills independently. Lori Farrington, a veteran classroom instructor at PELC, shares her experience using Google Slides with her learners. Single tool, multiple skills After struggling with PowerPoint, Lori switched to Google Slides as a presentation and collaborative learning tool. To get students […]

Use Digital Technology Sample Tasks and Activities

December 6th, 2016 by Alan Cherwinski

Instructional Resources Use Digital Technology Sample Tasks and Activities The tasks in the instructional resources on this page are intended to be sample tasks to support using digital technology in Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs within the context of the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF). These resources are not intended to be exhaustive, […]

Milestones and digital technology: Assessment and reporting practices

November 1st, 2015 by Alan Cherwinski

In 2014-15, AlphaPlus was involved in a research project examining current assessment practices related to the OALCF Use Digital Technology Milestones, the alignment between the Milestones and program learning and reporting trends. Our study concludes that the Milestones and accompanying administration guidelines work counter to the ministry’s objective for the OALCF to “improve service delivery, […]

Message from the Executive Director: Assisting agencies with Information Technology Planning – A new service from AlphaPlus

April 30th, 2014 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Today’s learning environment is increasingly affected by new and emerging technologies, leading to andragogical shifts in how instruction is designed and putting pressures on organizations delivering literacy training in the field. More students have access to computers and mobile devices, and they often expect that programs and classes they attend will help them develop skills […]

New sample tasks for the Use Digital Technology competency now available

December 13th, 2012 by Administrator

This week we are releasing another package of instructional resources including sample tasks to support practitioners using digital technology in Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs within the context of the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF). The second of two packages can be downloaded at http://usedigitaltechnology.alphaplus.ca or under OALCF tab on our website, either in […]

Launching sample tasks and learning activities for the Use Digital Technology competency

October 17th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

This week we are launching a package of instructional resources including sample tasks and learning activities to support practitioners using digital technology in Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs within the context of the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF). The first of two packages can be downloaded at http://usedigitaltechnology.alphaplus.ca or under OALCF tab on our […]

Heidi Silver- Pacuilla discusses Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills required for independent online learning

September 21st, 2010 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Heidi Silver- Pacuilla from the American Institutes of Research discusses her research report titled Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills required for independent online learning. The report examines the “threshold” levels of literacy and language proficiency needed to use the internet for independent learning. The study drew data from three sources, large scale surveys, a literature review, […]

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