Category: Digital Literacy

Learning from the Forgotten 90 Percent

Why is it that only 10 percent of the adults in the United States who lack basic literacy and numeracy skills participate in adult education? Program capacity is certainly one reason. But what about the adults themselves? What is holding them back, and what…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2016

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week provides an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that adult education programs strengthen and enrich their communities. Take some time during the week of September 26-30 to learn more about a program in your neighborhood. Quick read…

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…

(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…