According to the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), the U.S. Lags Behind in digital literacy problem solving – American adults performed below the international average when it came to using digital technology to acquire and evaluate information, communicate with others, and perform practical tasks. For example, 3 out of 10 adults in the United States are likely to have difficulty sorting through e-mails and organizing them into folders.
With PIAAC results in mind, the Coalition began working to improve adult literacy providers’ technological capacity in August 2015 thanks to a research/planning grant from the Polk Bros. Foundation. Through our Technology Pilot Project, the coalition gave 6 adult literacy programs a stipend of $5,000 to update their computer labs, pay for additional staff and/or purchase software. The participating organizations met monthly to hear from content experts, learn from their peers and build their capacity to use technology in instruction.
Due to the success of the pilot, the Coalition has formed ALTIP or the Adult Literacy Technology Integration Project, a program that builds on the lessons and successes of our Pilot Project. Through ALTIP, the Coalition will continue to cultivate the technology infrastructure in participating organizations, build staff capacity to use. Video lessons created by instructors are available below.
Additionally, the Coalition is proud to be a participant in the Illinois Digital Learning Lab. Our Program Manager, Dena Giacometti, serves as a subject matter expert guiding adult education programs as they experiment with new digital tools and implement best practices that meet the needs of their students. Click here to learn more about the Lab.