Adult Learners and Digital Media: Exploring the usage of digital media with adult literacy learners (2012)

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This research report is based on a small-scale study undertaken to explore the attitudes and experiences of adult Canadians who are non-users or limited users of digital media and information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Twelve adult learners in two Ontario cities worked in small groups to produce their own digital texts using either Microsoft’s PhotoStory or a web-based interactive poster program called Glogster. Afterwards, they were interviewed about whether their experiences might help them build digital literacy skills and whether they might be able to apply these skills in their daily lives.

The results suggest a relationship between varying levels of literacy skills and ICT use. The higher the literacy level, the more likely adult learners are to be engaged with computers and digital media. Those less likely to engage with ICTs tended to have lower literacy levels.

Age is a factor in how individuals respond to digital media, as younger people are more likely to have grown up with a computer in the home. However, social class also affects the response to digital technology, the authors say, pointing to a 2010 Statistics Canada report showing that 94 percent of people in the top income bracket used the Internet, compared with only 56 percent of those in the lowest bracket.

Closing the gap between income groups could be accomplished by expanding publicly funded digital literacy classrooms and other spaces that offer access to the Internet and the opportunity to develop digital literacy skills.

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Christopher Greig and Janette Hughes. Adult Learners and Digital Media: Exploring the usage of digital media with adult literacy learners 2012. Web. 22 Jan. 2021 <http://alphaplus.ca/en/web-tools/online-publications-a-reportsgroup1/adult-learners-and-digital-media-2012.html>
Christopher Greig & Janette Hughes (2012). Adult Learners and Digital Media: Exploring the usage of digital media with adult literacy learners. Retrieved January 22, 2021, from http://alphaplus.ca/en/web-tools/online-publications-a-reportsgroup1/adult-learners-and-digital-media-2012.html
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