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In-person is the core of adult digital learning

May 17th, 2022 by Alan Cherwinski

The report highlights the importance of digital skills and digital literacy, the gains made by remote learners during the pandemic, the challenges presented by the digital divide and the four areas of opportunity and potential action.

8 Strategies for Improving the Digital Capacity of Our Adult Literacy System

October 15th, 2021 by Alan Cherwinski

Would you agree that Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) system is facing many challenges? Would you also agree that it’s time – past due – to address those challenges? Perhaps, like me, you’ve invested years in the adult literacy field, and you don’t want to see it fall further behind. You and I care […]

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Questioning our ideas about inclusion – and asking for your input

July 13th, 2021 by Alan Cherwinski

At AlphaPlus, we’re currently looking for perspectives that may have been missing in our inclusion efforts. I’m the Executive Director of AlphaPlus, but I wear more than one hat in the adult literacy education field: I’m also on the board of a literacy program here in Picton, which allows me to engage in adult literacy […]

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What do we mean by digital literacy development opportunities?

 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

Digital literacy is a tricky concept to pin down. It can mean many things to different organizations and people. Rather than interpret it with a static definition, we describe the more actionable consequences of an equitable, sustainable and effective adult learning system that provides learners with comprehensive digital literacy development opportunities. To fully realize these […]

The Sudden Shift to Remote Delivery in LBS

November 30th, 2020 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

AlphaPlus recently released a survey report that looked at how people working in Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) system responded to COVID-19 shutdowns in the spring of 2020. Although we weren’t surprised by the main findings, we’re concerned about the inequities in the LBS system. Currently, it’s unable to ensure all learners have the […]

Initial Survey Results: COVID-19 Response Survey

September 8th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

This spring, our sector made a sudden shift to communicating, working, and teaching online. As LBS programs made the transition to remote delivery, we realized this was an opportunity to learn more about how our sector was working and adapting to this unprecedented and unplanned change. What were their new priorities and how were those […]

When the Digital Divides Us: International Literacy Day is a time for Action

 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

Literacy has never been just about reading and writing, it’s also about access to information, civic participation, and opportunities. Digital access has become intertwined with literacy, especially during this public health crisis when so many of our activities and services have moved to online-only points of access. The ongoing crisis has laid bare the digital […]

Watch Us in a Town Hall Session With MPP Jill Andrew

August 12th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

This August, Alan Cherwinski and Christine Pinsent-Johnson represented the AlphaPlus team during an adult literacy roundtable discussion with Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto–St. Paul’s. They were joined by Reb Chevalier of Parkdale Project Read and organizer Phylicia Davis-Wesseling, founder and program manager of the KGO Adult Literacy Program. Together, the group discussed how the COVID-19 […]

Statement from a national network of organizations, people and researchers concerned about adult literacy in Canada

September 30th, 2019 by Alan Cherwinski

Statement from a national network of organizations, people and researchers concerned about adult literacy in Canada Choose success – Invest in literacy Our world is transforming rapidly. Trends such as globalization, digitalization and demographic shifts are changing work, communities, the way society functions, and how people interact. In this environment literacy skills matter. Literacy is […]

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