ERIC Number: ED424384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Customization of Multimedia Instruction Template for Low Literates. Effective Communication on Computer-Lessons for Use with New Reading Disk. Workplace Education. Project ALERT.
Jarvis, Mary I.
The Project ALERT (Adult Literacy Enhanced & Redefined through Training) Workplace Literacy Project consisted of a partnership between Wayne State University, the Detroit Public schools, and several city organizations, unions, and manufacturers in the automobile industry, which formed to meet employees' job-specific basic skills application needs in manufacturing and service operations, through the development of whole language curriculum and training. One of the courses developed during the project was a multimedia course based on "The New Reading Disc." A similar disk was developed for the project, customized for a manufacturing site in Detroit to include terminology, photos, videos, and topics of interest to low-literacy workers. Developing the disk took approximately 150 hours and included the following components: deciding what topics to include; determining terminology; interviewing workers; allocating topics to formats; researching; writing texts; checking texts for readability; finding photos; obtaining permissions to use photos; taking original videotapes; editing videotapes to go with text; scanning pictures into computers; writing scripts; making voice overlays; imputing components into hard drive; and transferring customized portions to site. The product was user friendly and was well received by participants. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Computer Software Development, Continuing Education, Education Work Relationship, Institutional Cooperation, Learning Activities, Microcomputers, Multimedia Instruction, On the Job Training, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Whole Language Approach, Workplace Literacy, Writing Instruction
Workplace Education: Project ALERT, Wayne State University, 373 College of Education, Detroit, MI 48202 ($40 plus $5 shipping; with disk copy, $300).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Coll. of Education.
Note: For other "Project ALERT" reports, see CE 077 287-302.