Literacy in a Digital World

Friday September 8 is UNESCO International Literacy Day. The theme for 2017 is "literacy in a digital world." According to the UNESCO ILD website, the day's "overall aim [is] to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage … Continue reading Literacy in a Digital World

Digital Learning in Adult Basic Education: Perspectives and Potential

Two news briefs caught my attention recently. Both described the report Evaluating Digital Learning for Adult Basic Literacy and Numeracy from SRI International, but they did so in quite different ways. The Digital Promise brief, "Digital Tools Support Adult Learning," asks "Do edtech tools support learning?" and says that "The answer, according to a new … Continue reading Digital Learning in Adult Basic Education: Perspectives and Potential

Promoting Success for Adult Learners

An excellent summary of the challenges that adult learners face and the key ways to promote their success, by senior staff at World Education. Published on 23 December 2016 at http://www.educationandcareernews.com/higher-education/beating-the-odds-of-college-success-for-adults?utm_source=arrow&utm_medium=next   Beating the Odds of College Success for Adults There are over 36 million adults in the United States whose limited literacy, math and computer … Continue reading Promoting Success for Adult Learners

Broadband Tech and Adults with Limited Literacy

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the National Science Foundation have issued a request for comments on the development of a National Broadband Research Agenda. Here is the response that we submitted last week. Comments on National Broadband Research Agenda Section B. Broadband Access and Adoption Question 9: What specific research and data are … Continue reading Broadband Tech and Adults with Limited Literacy

The Divide Isn’t Just Digital

A powerful infographic on the divide between those who have attended college and those who have not, from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. "Out of the 11.6 million jobs created in the post-recession economy, 11.5 million went to workers with at least some college education." https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/DR-infographics-1.pdf#zoom=250

(Re) Introducing Key Words

Friends and colleagues, after a great ten-year run at the Center for Applied Linguistics, I am moving on to new challenges and new adventures. Over the summer I will be transitioning from staff to consultant status, and by autumn I will once again be working for myself. I'll be doing business under the name Key … Continue reading (Re) Introducing Key Words