ERIC Number: ED442981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy, Electronic Networking, and the Internet. ILI Technical Report.
Wagner, Daniel A.; Hopey, Christopher
Three Internet-based adult literacy and adult education programs in Philadelphia were examined to identify ways Internet technology can be used to improve adult basic and literacy education. The Adult Literacy Technology Innovation Network (ALTIN) technology program, which began in the mid-1990s, provides basic instructional technology staff development for adult literacy teachers by using a model combining live, hands-on training, online training, and technical assistance and support. The Shelter Communications Literacy Network (SHELCOM), which operated from 1993-1995, was an experimental Internet-based computer writing project for adults living in homeless shelters. Its purpose was to evaluate the effect of file sharing on the quality of compositions written by homeless adult learners. Participants created a publication by working collaboratively through an Internet-based computer network. LiteracyLink, which began in 1996 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to serve large numbers of U.S. adults who require basic skills instruction. LiteracyLink includes the following components: an online learning system for adult learners; online assessment of learners' progress; and online assistance to teachers using LiteracyLink materials. All three programs illustrate key principles that can be used to improve literacy education and develop technology-based lifelong learning in both industrialized and developing countries. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Case Studies, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Homeless People, Innovation, Internet, Linking Agents, Literacy Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Teacher Improvement, Technological Advancement, Writing Instruction
For full text: http://litserver.literacy.upenn.edu/products/ncal/pdf/TR9810.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).; Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Graduate School of Education.; Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo (Norway).
Authoring Institution: International Literacy Inst., Philadelphia, PA.; National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)