The transformational power of technology in Adult Literacy
July 13th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna
AlphaPlus recently published the second in our series of literacy research reports entitled Digital Technologies and E-Learning for Adult Literacy Students, Educators and Programs Literature Scan: 2005-2011.
The report presents a snapshot of how technology has been used to enhance teaching, learning and professional development for the adult literacy sector. Given the rapid pace of change and the ubiquity of digital technologies and the pressure on educators to keep up, the report also explores how educators are and could be supported to integrate technology into their practice.
The report aims, ultimately, to spark a national discussion about what is happening, what needs to happen, and how AlphaPlus can, in collaboration with the adult literacy field, begin to harness the full potential of digital technologies and e-learning in the service of adult literacy teaching and learning.
We will publish five additional research reports in the coming year, in support of our goal to uncover greater uses and possibilities for the integration of technology in adult literacy education.
In describing the importance of the recently published report, Michael Coteau, Executive Director at AlphaPlus said: “It’s important for the literacy sector in Canada to become aware of the potential benefits and value technology can bring to literacy education. Not only can technology increase access to and equity in literacy education, it’s also an increasingly relevant and revolutionary tool in today’s society. The literacy field is a key component of Canadian society and will need to keep up with the changing global landscape.”
We encourage you to share the information in the report with your network, and to send us your feedback. Enjoy the read!