Adult literacy practitioners' uses of and experiences with online technologies for professional development (2010)

Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 3, Article 2, 2010

This paper describes the first phase of Getting Online (GO), a national project funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), to explore the experiences and expectations of adult literacy workers with regard to online professional development.

In the first phase, 84 active adult literacy workers from across Canada completed an online questionnaire, which was then supplemented by key informant interviews and two focus groups.

The findings suggested that many Canadian literacy workers already recognize the potential value of online technologies and distance access methods. Online training was particularly viewed by these respondents as saving time and money, and increasing access to and opportunities for training and interaction.

The reservations most commonly heard from respondents included lack of access to technology and technical support; negative views of distance education as a method of learning; and concerns about using communications technology.

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Patrick J. Fahy and Diana Twiss. Adult literacy practitioners' uses of and experiences with online technologies for professional development 2010. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/jarl/adult_literacy_pract/adult_literacy_pract.pdf>
Patrick J. Fahy & Diana Twiss (2010). Adult literacy practitioners' uses of and experiences with online technologies for professional development. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/jarl/adult_literacy_pract/adult_literacy_pract.pdf
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