Research Pick of the Day #5

February 12th, 2010 by Maria Moriarty

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 Maria Moriarty

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 Maria Moriarty

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 Maria Moriarty

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 […]

Research Pick of the Day #1

February 8th, 2010 by Maria Moriarty

Welcome to our second annual research mini-marathon” on the blog . This year our focus is on digital literacies and online and distance learning .  Over the next 6 days  we will post a description of an  research report or project from  the U.S.  the U.K. and Scotland  – and a link to the full document.  […]

New Adult Literacy Education Blog

November 19th, 2009 by Maria Moriarty

The inimitable David Rosen has  a new  blog – Adult Literacy Education – that promises to be a real boon to the adult literacy field.  David is a highly experienced adult literacy educator and researcher  – it will be wonderful to be able to tap into his experience and knowledge on the blog.  For example […]

The Digital Divide, Computer Use, Basic Skills and Employment

December 19th, 2008 by Maria Moriarty

The  National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy, in the UK has  recently released a Resarch Summary – The  Digital Divide, Computer Use, Basic Skills and Employment – outlining the findings of a  4 year long comparative study  of  digital skills, basic skills and employment  which was conducted in London, England and Protland, […]

Learning and Technology in 2018

December 16th, 2008 by Maria Moriarty

 Stephen Downes has been an inspiration and a guide as we work on supporting the integration of technology in adult literacy. here at AlphaPlus  In his daily blog OLDaily  he has introduced us to some of the most exciting concepts, ideas, tools and applications – and his emphasis on the liberating potential of technology to […]

Literacy in the future – the future of literacy in Canada

June 17th, 2008 by Maria Moriarty

The Canadian Council on Learning has just released  Reading the Future – the first report of its kind in Canada providing detailed estimates of Canadian literacy levels through 2031. Based on  analysis and sythesis of data from the  International Adult Literacy and Skills Survery (IALSS ) the report argues that the proportion of adults with […]

Workplace Learning

April 7th, 2008 by Maria Moriarty

Currently Canada is lagging behind both the U.S. and the U.K. in the  in the area of workplace learning  and there is an increasing awareness of the critical importance of workplace learning to address future labour market needs in light of an aging workforce and rapid technological change. So says a just-released report, Employer Investment in Workplace Learning  prepared by […]

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