This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant # LG-06-14-076-14A.
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education
Adult literacy, Computer assisted instruction, Digital divide
A window into an adult basic education (ABE) class shows several learners typing essays on laptops. Suddenly one student throws her hands up in the air loudly exclaiming, “I didn’t do anything! The computer just erased everything! It wasn’t me, it was the computer!” This scenario is all too familiar with new-to-computer users. Over time, this learner has developed more confidence and digital literacies, and has since passed the Language Arts GED test. However the technology skills needed in the workplace and in daily life go beyond those needed for test taking. Yet computers in adult education classrooms are most often used for test preparation and drill activities. If adults are going to be truly college and career ready, they need to be prepared to skillfully use digital tools and develop a discovery and risk-taking mindset toward navigating online. This column reviews four online articles that provide essential background and useful instructional approaches for teaching digital literacy and digital problem solving in ABE classrooms and beyond.
Frank, T. H., & Castek, J. (2017). From digital literacies to digital problem solving: Expanding technology-rich learning opportunities for adults. Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 6 (2), 66-70.