Month: July 2016

Job Seeking Learners Case Study

The Job Seeking Learners case study investigates the experience of digital literacy acquisition among adult job seekers, offering an overview of the various lab settings accessed by job-seeking learners, as well as the different ways that tutor-facilitated, self-paced learning was organized. Examination of the learner path as experienced by job seekers reveals the challenge for learners of seeing the relevance of digital literacy acquisition when faced with the urgent need of having to find employment. Also discussed in the case study are the significant impact of the relationships that developed between learners and tutors, the role that tutors play in building relevance for the learners, and creating job readiness training opportunities. Implications include the ways that lab coordinators and tutors working with job-seeking learners can support them by acknowledging the reality of the learners’ lives while supporting them through the digital literacy acquisition process. The findings indicate that labs serving job-seeking learners are well situated to introduce individuals to the opportunities available through computer and Internet use that go beyond employment to deeper civic and social engagement.

Let us know what you think in the comments section. What have you experienced as you’ve worked with Job Seeking Learners? How might the findings we set forth in this case study help you continue thinking about ways to serve your population of learners?

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Call for Guest Bloggers

We hope you’ve been finding our posts informative and helpful in your work with adult digital literacy learners.  But we want to hear from you!  Please let us know if you would like to be a guest blogger.  We would love to hear about your experiences in the field, your thoughts about our research, research you’ve been conducting, or any other ideas about adults and digital literacy acquisition. Send us your idea and contact information and we’ll work out the details.

Personal Qualities of Tutors

The Personal Qualities of Tutors Brief highlights findings that detail the key qualities of effective tutors. These findings indicate that that patience is more important than technology knowledge in a digital literacy acquisition program. The brief identifies five additional qualities of successful tutors.

Let us know what you think in the comments section. What qualities have you seen among your successful tutors? How might the findings we set forth in this brief help you continue thinking about ways to serve your population of learners?

Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy Acquisition

The research indicated that tutor facilitation requires the tutor to think about the learner needs, what resources are provided within the structured online materials, how the lab is structured, and what skills the learner controls. A successful tutor finds a comfortable balance between the learners’ needs and the resources available in order to maximize learning, all while maintaining a positive demeanor that is encouraging and supportive. The Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy Acquisition Brief highlights the importance of tutors in a digital literacy acquisition program and points to some specific ways tutors were able to support learners.

Let us know what you think in the comments section. What have you experienced in the area of supporting learners as they acquire digital literacy skills? How might the findings we set forth in this brief help you continue thinking about ways to serve your population of learners?