FAQs

What is LINCS?

The Literacy Information and Communication System, commonly referred to as LINCS, is a resource gathering, professional development, and national dissemination system serving the field of adult education. A U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) initiative, LINCS provides on-demand, web-based professional development opportunities; targeted face-to-face trainings; high-quality resources; and an interactive online learning community, which work together to expand evidence-based practice nationwide.

What is literacy?

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 defines literacy as “an individual's ability to read, write, speak in English, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual and in society.” This is a broader view of literacy than just an individual's ability to read, the more traditional concept of literacy. As information and technology have increasingly shaped our society, the skills we need to function successfully have gone beyond reading, and literacy has come to include the skills listed in the current definition.

Do I need to register or pay to access and participate in LINCS resources and professional development opportunities?

As a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education initiative, LINCS provides free resources and professional development opportunities to the field of adult education. At this time, you do not need to register to access or participate in LINCS materials and opportunities. However, to participate in the LINCS Community, you do need to create a free account. Creating an account allows you to manage and protect the information you decide to share with others in the community.

Do I need to register or pay to access and participate in LINCS resources and professional development opportunities?

As a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education initiative, LINCS provides free resources and professional development opportunities to the field of adult education. At this time, you do not need to register to access or participate in LINCS materials and opportunities. However, to participate in the LINCS Community, {link to lincs community}you do need to create a free account. Creating an account allows you to manage and protect the information you decide to share with others in the community.