Research report on cloud computing is now available on our website

June 9th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

As we enter the “smart” age, smartphones are becoming ubiquitous and free Internet is becoming available in many public places. This new landscape paves the way for the power of Cloud Computing and its potential impact on Adult Literacy. Cloud Computing and a number of other opportunities are discussed in AlphaPlus’ recently published report, Cloud Computing: What is Cloud Computing and Why is it Important for Adult literacy? 

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, […]

E-learning for the 21st Century

February 19th, 2010 by Administrator

Contact North published two challenge papers in the last two months, both to encourage and further the discussion on the future role of technology in learning. Fast Forward: How Emerging Technologies are Transforming Education & Training explores  the “developments in technology that will have a far-reaching impact on learning, teaching and the organizations which design, […]

Research Pick of the Day #6

February 15th, 2010 by Administrator

Today’s pick is… Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning This  is the report of  a  A Meta -Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. A Meta-analysis is described in the report as “… a technique for combining the results of multiple experiments or quasi-experiments to obtain a composite estimate of the size of the […]

Research Pick of the Day #5

February 12th, 2010 by Administrator

Today’s pick is… Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills required for independent online learning (2008) prepared by Heidi Silver-Pacuilla for the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) i the United States An examination of the “threshold” levels of literacy and language proficiency needed  to used the internet for independent learning.  The study drew data from three […]

Research Pick of the Day #4

February 11th, 2010 by Administrator

Today’s pick is…. Researching Online Learning with Adult Literacies Learners in Scotland (2009) This is an examination of the current use of online and blended learning  in adult literacy programs in Scotland.  Recognizing that the terminology often used in relation to the use of technology in teaching and learning the study provides very useful definitions […]

Research Pick of the Day #3

February 10th, 2010 by Administrator

Today’s pick is…. Virtual learning environments: An evaluation of their development (2009) A study of Virtual Learning Environments in the U.K.    We know them better in Canada as Learning Management Systems such as Moodle. The study looked at VLEs  in 18 colleges, six primary and 2 secondary schools, 3 workplace programs and 3 adult […]

Research Pick of the Day #2

February 9th, 2010 by Administrator

Today’s Pick is… The  Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning (2009).   This study by the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL ) in the United States notes  that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  predicts that “… 70% of all jobs in the U.S. will require ICT skills by 2016″ (p.iii)   Given these […]

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