What is Learner Web?

Learner Web is a learning support system for adults who want to accomplish specific learning objectives such as improving their basic skills, increasing digital literacy, or preparing for a job. Learner Web offers self-paced instruction and is typically implemented as a combination of online learning and face-to-face interaction with a tutor or teacher.

How Does Learner Web Work?

Learner Web is a web-based software system that is implemented locally. The system is organized around Learning Plans. A Learning Plan is a set of steps structured to help learners achieve an identified goal. For example, if the goal is to learn how to send an email, the steps might include: learning how to use a mouse and keyboard, learning how to navigate online, creating an email account, and finally learning how to send messages. Each step is matched with online, community-based resources and a workspace where learners can take assessments or save their work in an e-portfolio.

Upon enrolling, each learner creates a personal profile. Learning plans are then dynamically matched by the software to the learner’s profile information. The learner's progress is saved in their workspaces and can be returned to at any time via the Internet. Finally, reporting features allow teachers, tutors, and administrators to track learner progress individually and as an aggregate.

Learner Web was one of two platforms for adults recognized by the The National Education Technology Plan (2010) and was also recognized by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education as a resource of Noteworthy Practices in technology and distance learning.

Funding generously provided by the following organizations:

Portland State University
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Commerce.gov — U.S. Department of Commerce The National Telecommunications and Information Administration Recovery.gov
The League for Innovation in the Community College
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
EDUCAUSE International Association for K-12 Online Learning Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation