The right strategies for improving the digital capacity of our adult literacy system?

October 21st, 2021 by Alan Cherwinski

As Ontario’s only organization focused on helping adult literacy education professionals to incorporate digital technology, we recognize the need for a more comprehensive and coordinated approach—an approach that respects individual program, sector and cultural differences and also provides a system-wide foundation.  Based on extensive review, consultation and our first-hand experience working with programs, we have […]

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 […]

The impact of Ontario’s digital divide

February 27th, 2020 by Alan Cherwinski

Recently, AlphaPlus completed a research overview based on analysis of the Canadian Internet Use Survey (CIUS) and other information. The overview looks beyond average household internet connections and highlights the way in which income, age and level of education contribute to the digital divide. This ongoing and entrenched digital divide has a direct impact on […]

#literacy4all – AlphaPlus co-signs declaration on the eve of federal elections

September 13th, 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 […]

Student Information Systems Pilot Report

May 2nd, 2019 by Alan Cherwinski

An environmental scan of LBS programs indicated that a number of different tools and processes were being used to track data across all three sectors, and while the tools worked, duplication and inefficient data sharing was a concern. Sioux-Hudson, a community-based literacy program, procured and implemented a student information system called Orbund and found that […]

Linkedin Learning Report

May 2nd, 2019 by Alan Cherwinski

To explore the ways that LinkedIn Learning might fit into individual professional development plans for LBS managers and instructors, we engaged 10 English-speaking participants from community-based programs to collaborate on our research. Read the report to see what we learned about how LBS practitioners are learning in order to strengthen their practice and better support […]

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Position Paper on Blended Learning in Adult Education

March 14th, 2019 by Alan Cherwinski

AlphaPlus supports literacy workers to use blended learning approaches through our technology coaching services, face-to-face and online training, and tech support. This position paper describes our understanding of blended learning, its benefits and how adult basic education programs can be (re)conceptualized using a blended learning approach to best support learner success. The full report is […]

Digital Opportunities Review

May 8th, 2017 by Administrator

The report details the results of a literature review and a jurisdictional scan funded by the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF) in 2016-2017. This project explores what it means to be an inclusive and digitally enabled province, and to support Ontario’s vision for advancing digital literacy skills for those in need. Because of the digital literacy strategy currently under development in Ontario, this research was an ideal opportunity to look at promising policies, programs and practices designed to create an environment of digital inclusion in other jurisdictions.

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