English Language Learner University (ELL-U) is a free, innovative and interactive national professional development network for practitioners who teach English as a second language to adults. Using the university as a metaphor, the ELL-U website provides teachers with access to high quality professional development activities such as online courses, face-to-face and online study circles and access to experts in the field through discussions and office hours. In November 2011, additions to the ELL-U site were the ELL-U Clubs. Learner Web provided support for sustained professional development through Learning Plans for teachers in the ELL-U Clubs.
Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is a new initiative that supports using innovative technology to improve college readiness and completion, particularly for low-income young adults. The initiative is funding projects competitively in a series of waves. Selected from a field of more than 600 Wave 1 pre-proposals and 50 finalists, the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC), Portland State University, South Texas College and St. Paul College used Learner Web to implement alternatives to developmental courses by providing students with innovative blended extracurricular learning supports. The grant addressed the college readiness of high school students in the District of Columbia and at public high schools in South Texas by infusing college learning competencies into the high schools to support reading, math and writing skills consistent with college expectations.
In Fall of 2007, Portland State University was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a Demonstration Project, "Using the Learner Web to Enhance Library-Community Collaboration on Adult Literacy." This was the first large grant that Learner Web received.