Research Brief: LBS Program Data

October 1st, 2015 by Alan Cherwinski

This overview of program data from LBS programs in Ontario was developed as part of a larger study that investigated the way that the OALCF Use Digital Technology, and Milestones in general, are used in LBS programs. The data was examined to provide a current program overview and a context for understanding the research findings.

Voices Speak to the Data: Feedback from Participants in the PIAAC On-line Field Trial

October 7th, 2013 by Administrator

This short report summarizes the results of two independent surveys. The first was undertaken by AlphaPlus, surveying literacy practitioners about their own and adult learners’ experiences participating in the PIAAC On-line Field Trial. The second was undertaken by PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs, surveying the learners in their program who participated in the Field Trial.

Adult Learners and Digital Media: Exploring the usage of digital media with adult literacy learners

September 26th, 2012 by Administrator

This research report is based on the study of the perceptions and experiences of ten adult learners with digital media as they work through small group sessions to create their own digital texts and then reflect on whether and how they think that digital media might help them build digital literacy skills and whether they […]

Incorporating Digital Technologies in Adult Basic Education: Concepts, Practices and Recommendations

July 9th, 2012 by Administrator

The report explores the following four themes: How digital technology is shaping and transforming literacy and learning, with implications for policy and practice Promising practices in incorporating digital technology in ABE Digital divides and inequality in access to digital technologies for learning Professional development for educators and related curricula and delivery policy.

Learning Together with Technologies: Illustrative Case Studies

June 22nd, 2012 by Administrator

A report on a short-term project conducted in partnership with four self-selected, community-based, adult literacy agencies in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Although over the years we have worked closely with many adult literacy programs across the province, we wanted to look more closely at the realities of using digital technologies for adult literacy teaching and learning. Specifically, we wanted […]

The Motivation of Francophone Adults to Use Assistive Technologies for Workplace Learning

May 10th, 2012 by Administrator

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Background: Due to all kinds of circumstances, a majority of francophone adults in minority settings must get training or upgrading while they are in the workplace. Distance education, e‑learning, learning objects and learning communities have had an undeniable impact on that type of learning. Assistive technologies are new tools that are increasingly used by […]

Social Networking Sites and Adult Literacy: Raising the Issues

January 9th, 2012 by Administrator

AlphaPlus’ most recently published paper, Social Networking Sites and Adult Literacy Learning: Raising the Issues, explores how educators and adult learners might harness the full potential of Social Networking Sites (SNS) and other social media in the service of adult literacy teaching and learning.

What is in a technology competency? A recipe for the skill(ed) use of digital tools

September 30th, 2011 by Administrator

This technical paper explores the skills needed for the use of digital technology within the context of curriculum frameworks such as the OALCF, skills frameworks such as the Essential Skills, and more generally in the workplace and for lifelong learning. Ultimately, the paper aims to spark a national discussion among educators, program administrators, researchers, policymakers […]

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