Fall 2013

New Technologies: Preparing Adult Learners - Learner Web Feature

From the Blog at United Way Forums / United Front — October 13, 2013
New Technologies: Preparing Adult Learners by Jenifer Baker Vanek

Spring 2013

2013 Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and Louisiana Association for Public, Community, and Adult Education (LAPCAE) Conference
March 23-28 2013
New Orleans, LA


Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy Acquisition: An Overview
MON March 25th — SLIDES pdf
Presenters: Stephen Reder, Jill Castek, Elizabeth Withers, Drew Pizzolato

Engaging Community Organizations in Digital Literacy Work
TUE March 26th
Presenter: Petrice Sams-Abiodun

Incorporating Digital Literacy into Traditional Literacy Classrooms and in Support of Wait-Listed Students
TUE March 26th
Presenters: James E. Matt, Central Southern Tier Regional Adult Education Network/Cayuga Community College, Marsha Tait, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse, Rosemary Matt, NYS Office of Acct./Cayuga Community College

Digital Literacy On-Ramps to Career Pathways
WED March 27th
Presenters: Jenifer Vanek, University of MN/MN Literacy Council/MN DEED, Judy Mortrude, MN FastTRAC & MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, Eric Nesheim, Minnesota Literacy Council

Tutor-Facilitation and Blended Learning for Digital Literacy: A Discussion of Key Issues and Future Directions in Digital Literacy
WED March 27th - SLIDES pdf
Presenters: Stephen Reder, Portland State University, David J. Rosen, Newsome Associates, Heide Spruck Wrigley, Literacywork International, Jon Engel, Community Action Inc.

Winter / Spring 2012

Fall 2011

U.S Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL) 2011
November 2-5, 2011
Westin Galleria
Houston, Texas

"Tutor-Facilitated, Community-Based Digital Literacy Learning: A National Initiative with Examples from Five States" + Download slides from the presentation pdf

"Community of Practice for Sustained Professional Development" + Download slides from the presentation pdf

"Digital Literacy Skills, Tools, and Opportunities to Reshape Adult Literacy Learning and Instruction"
Download slides from the presentation pdf


Tri-TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) 2011 conference
"English Without Borders"
October 21 & 22, 2011
Highline Community College
Des Moines, WA


+ Slides from the presentation forthcoming . . .

Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) 2011 Symposium
September 30, 2011
University of Minnesota — Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Supporting Digital Literacy Development in LESLLA Learners" + Download slides from the presentation pdf

Summer 2011

Digital Literacy is Part of Job Preparedness - Learner Web Feature
August 26th, 2011

The Learner Web BTOP project was featured in a recent US Dept of Commerce blog on about providing training in digital literacy and other job-preparedness skills.

The Edupunks' Guide to a DIY Credential - Learner Web Feature
July 26, 2011

The Learner Web is featured on pages 35-36 of The Edupunks' Guide to a DIY Credential by Anya Kamenetz, published free on the web for independent minded people without a lot of cash who want to put together their own education using open resources, online networks and alternative credentialing. It's also intended to be a quick resource for educators and administrators who want to incorporate the latest technology, social media, and collaboration strategies to create excellent learning experiences while controlling costs; and organizations, developers, and social entrepreneurs interested in building the future of higher and further education.

+ You can download it here:

Spring 2011

2011 National Meeting for Adult Education State Directors
 "Winning the Future: The Race for Quality and Results in Adult Education"
May 11, 2011
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA

Adult education and literacy programs have a vital role to play in implementing the National Broadband Plan. This cross-agency Administration priority calls for increased infrastructure capacity and access to broadband technologies, as well as expansion of digital literacy in our population, especially in vulnerable and hard-to-serve populations. This presentation will illustrate, through multimedia and live Internet demonstrations, some ways that adult education can be repositioned within this cross-agency perspective.

"Broadening the On-Ramps to the Information Highway: Adult Education and the National Broadband Plan"
+ Download slides from the presentation pdf