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Date: Fri Sep 16 2005 - 12:57:47 EDT

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Dear Colleague,

The Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki now has over 400 registered  
users, 34 of whom have added their introductions to the Who's Here  
page. It now has over 500 pages of content on research and  
professional wisdom in adult literacy education.  A wiki* is a web  
environment in which (after a free registration and log-in) you can  
easily add content as well as read it.  So the ALE Wiki is a  
community of practice, with practitioners, researchers and learners  
from all over North America.

The wiki is organized by content areas, or topics.  Currently these  

    1. Adult Learners' Self-Study
    2. Adult Literacy Accountability
    3. Adult Literacy Professional Development
    4. Assessment Information
    5. Basic Literacy
    6. Classroom Practices that Work Professional Wisdom from  
Practitioners and Research
    7. Corrections Education
    8. Distance and Persistence
    9. English for Speakers of Other Languages
   10. Evidence Based Adult Education
   11. Family Literacy
   12. GED Research
   13. Learner Persistence
   14. Learning Disabilities
   15. Numeracy Research and Practice
   16. Participatory and Emancipatory Education
   17. Project Based Learning
   18. Public Policy
   19. Research to Practice, Practice to Research
   20. Technology
   21. Workforce, Workplace and Worker Education
   22. Young Adult Literacy

More topics can be added, and more content can be added within each  
of the topic areas.  The topic areas are usually organized as follows:

•  Questions -- usually actual questions from the field, often those  
posted by people on NIFL electronic discussion lists
•  Discussions -- usually selected threads from electronic discussion  
lists which are often added to on the Wiki.  Sometimes these are  
•  Glossary
•  Research -- citations and links to pertinent research in the topic  
•  Resources -- links to resources which are pertinent to the topic area

How can one use the ALE Wiki ?

... in ways yet to be discovered.  But so far, users have:

•  looked for questions in a specific topic area with which they, as  
teachers, are facing
•  found references to research which they needed for proposals or to  
improve program practice
•  looked up puzzling terms in the glossary
•  remembered a discussion held on an electronic list, found the  
thread archived in the ALE Wiki, and sent the ALE Wiki address to a  

I hope you will look at the ALE Wiki -- which is a work in progress  
-- and register and add to it.  Please let me know other uses that  
you have found for the ALE Wiki, and if you are interested in being a  
topic area leader for one of the current topics  --or a new wiki topic.

* wiki ( is a Hawaiian word meaning  
"quick" - wiki wiki means "very very quickly".

David J. Rosen
Wiki Organizer and "Wikiteer"

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