Growing Learners’ Skills Through Virtual Literacy - Building Adult Education Technology Capacity

Growing Learners’ Skills Through Virtual Literacy

August 3 - 7, 2009

Part II of a 3-Part Technology and Professional Development Discussion on
Building Adult Education Technology Capacity

Guest Moderator: Nell Eckersley

Description | Objectives | Resources | Summary | Full Discussion Thread
Subscribe to the Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List
to participate in Part II of the discussion as described below.


What is Virtual Literacy? Can technology help students gain literacy skills? What are the issues and challenges in doing so? In June 2009, the Technology and Literacy List discussed the report, Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning with guest facilitator Heidi Silver-Pacuilla. In follow up to the discussion, Nell Eckersley, moderator of the Technology and Literacy List, will join the Professional Development List to lead a discussion of Virtual Literacy and the implications of Virtual Literacy for teaching and learning. The discussion will then resume in September 2009 for a discussion on how professional development can help teachers understand and gain comfort with these technology tools.


Participants will be able to:

  • Define virtual literacy and what it means to them
  • Identify examples of virtual literacy in action
  • Differentiate among technologies that adult learners can use to learn online
  • Discuss implications of virtual literacy for teaching and learning


Part I: Online Learning and the Adult User: New Findings and Applications
Part III: Using Social Media in Teaching and Professional Development