Thursday, October 01, 2009

efest- ETCL2009 - day two morning workshop

Workshop on ‘towards excellence in e-learning for adults with needs in literacy, language & numeracy’ with Dr. Niki Davis & David Earle from the University of Canterbury.
Details of project and report available soon & also via project blog.

How characteristics of programmes (mixed mode, blended, online) etc. cope with literacy needs of learners. Initial literature review include ALLs survey (not many people are able to self access their own literacy to the right levels), low levels of adult literacy have a direct impact on the economy and reduce life chances for adults & their children, there are many challenges in supporting adults to improve literacy & one approach has been to use e-learning to extend self-study.

Studied five ‘nested’ case studies, web based numeracy online distance learning (not all engaged), blended m-learning with apprentices (fits student & tutor lifestyle), ESOL resource centre (not without challenges – autonomous learning had to be an end goal), online units & simulation accessed through LMS (increasing access for students literacy & numeracy) & evening class to support adult literacy using ICT including games (intensively supported environment required).

Whole organisation buy in important including leaders’ vision, learning services coordination & resources, professional & curriculum development, e-learning professional development, e-maturity & development & Maori-related initiatives.

Findings include LNN in the 21st century includes: proficiency with digital technologies & elearning. Computers provide a relevant learning context with adults seeking to enhance their LNN skills & help alleviate some of their anxiety about LNN learning; Elearning for LNN not widespread in NZ. Teaching strategies recommended include; elearning is more effective as part of F2F training; Maori approaches to elearning can be used to build capacity; and with adequate support, elearning provides a good source of practice & motivation for second language learners; diverse Pasifika peoples benefit from elearning that is accompanied by induction which fits in with their culture & lives; many elearning strategies used for building reading & writing can also be successfully used for & by adults with specific needs; and mobile elearning increases flexibility of provision. Professional & organisational development also required.

1 comment:

hnparsons said...

Think this is the link to Niki Davis' project blog not included above.