The Postsecondary Digital Skills Readiness Assessment tools are ready!

November 12th, 2021 by Tracey Mollins

In 2018 a college upgrading instructor came to AlphaPlus with an idea.  He had developed an assessment tool to determine whether learners were ready for the ways they would be using digital technology as college students. He wanted to enhance that resource and make it available to all LBS instructors. Six other Literacy and Basic […]

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Learn together! Join AlphaPlus eNet

September 23rd, 2021 by Tracey Mollins

How can adult literacy instructors preserve the best elements from last year’s pivot to online teaching? The answer may lie in AlphaPlus’s Educator Network (eNet) . “Right now, blended learning is top of mind because the pandemic forced many literacy educators to try new approaches and technologies,” says Guylaine Vinet from AlphaPlus. Educators who worked […]

New ways of seeing our work

August 9th, 2021 by Aletheia Délivré

Ten months ago, I joined AlphaPlus as an educational technology coach to help adult literacy organizations across Ontario build capacity through the use of digital tools and technology-enhanced ways of working. Coming into the adult education field with a background in human-centred design and a user experience (UX) lens, I’ve been particularly interested in exploring […]

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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 […]

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Exploring the use of HyperDocs in LBS

June 4th, 2021 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

Last spring, did you scramble to figure out ways for learners to access instructional materials from paper files, workbooks, readers and binders? We learned that paper packets were produced for some learners, especially those who didn’t have the right device, enough data and experience to access instructional activities on a computer. We also learned that […]

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Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) case study: Silver Linings Café

May 11th, 2021 by Tracey Mollins

Smoothing the transition to remote learning for literacy instructors When Ontario declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pivot to remote learning happened very quickly for literacy and basic skills (LBS) practitioners. In Toronto and York Region, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) partnered with AlphaPlus to provide these educators with […]

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Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) case study: Coaching

April 9th, 2021 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

In early 2020, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) was grappling with several digital technology issues. Their website had been corrupted three years earlier and had not been replaced.

Results from our remote delivery survey now available

October 7th, 2020 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

During the spring of 2020, all educational sectors, including Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS), made the shift to remote learning. The LBS shift was managed primarily at a local level. Comprehensive training, widely accessible instructional design expertise, tech support and additional funding to purchase data and computers for learners was not available. Each program made […]

Our Annual Fall Technology Coaching Intake Is Underway!

September 8th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Since March of this year, LBS programs around the province have been innovating and reorganizing their program technology and tools as the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed. Many LBS programs continue to reflect on the changes the pandemic will place on how they do their work in the future. Our technology coaching services are here, as […]

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