Tutors and Digital Literacy

Tutors and Digital Literacy

Tutors and Digital Literacy

Date posted: June 7, 2016

Do you help adult learners with digital literacy? You may find some interesting information that relates to your work on the Digital Literacy Acquisition and Equity Research Hub.

This new blog, created by the Literacy, Language and Technology Research (LLTR) group at Portland State University, collects and organizes the findings from the 4-years of research into Tutor-facilitated Digital Literacy Acquisition. The research focused on understanding how individuals (such as low-income adults, unemployed adults, adults without high school education, immigrants and non-native English speakers, seniors, incarcerated adults and ex-offenders, etc.) acquire digital literacy.

The executive summary highlights findings on pivotal moments, the role of learner characteristics, importance of the tutor/learner relationship, experiences of English language learners, the role of self-paced online materials, the role of lab structure and organizational strategies, impact of the program on learners, sustaining volunteer tutors, differing roles for volunteer tutors and paid staff, and role of community connections.

More detailed information, both research findings and what the findings mean for your work, is available on the blog.

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