This research was supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to Portland State University (LG-06-11-0340-11).
Adult literacy, Computer assisted instruction, Digital divide
Public libraries provide digital literacy programming to support the needs of individuals in their communities. However, structuring a program that serves learners with varying skills, goals, and interests is challenging. This presentation will share research findings on digital literacy acquisition in a self-paced, tutor-facilitated learning model implemented in public libraries and community centers around the country. Administrators and coordinators demonstrated the flexibility of the program by adapting it to a variety of settings. The use of a structured online learning platform with in-person help has proven to be a creative, sustainable approach that was responsive to learners' needs.
Pendell, K., Pizzolato, D., Withers, E., Castek, J., Jacobs, G., Reder, S. (2015, April). Developing digital literacy: A flexible model designed to meet learners' needs. Oregon Library Association Conference, Eugene, OR