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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.

Exploring new opportunities to support an altered adult literacy sector

January 20th, 2022 by Alan Cherwinski

From our vantage point at AlphaPlus, we’ve witnessed you overcoming barriers and obstacles. You acted quickly to find ways to continue reaching and supporting learners. We see the hard work you’ve done to adapt, and we’re proud to have played a role in helping many of you.

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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What do we mean by digital literacy development opportunities?

July 13th, 2021 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 […]

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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