Digital Literacy Initiatives

The U. S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) funds digital literacy initiatives to enable adult learners to succeed in a range of academic activities, including STEM and college and career readiness. These initiatives enhance the integration of technology into instruction, increase student access to technology and leverage learning outside the classroom.

Resources for Students

  • LINCS Learner Center lists free resources to help adult students learn English, improve reading and math, and explore jobs and new careers. Students can also learn more about increasing their skills in finding a better job or entering a training program.
  • The Digital Skills Library is a crowdsourced learning resource curated by adult educators, digital navigators, digital skills training providers, and other individuals dedicated to ensuring all adults have access to quality digital skills content.

Resources for Teachers and Tutors

  • Digital Equity: Exploring this Modern Civil Right podcast explores digital equity and why it is considered by many to be the civil right for our time.
  • Digital Resilience in the American Workforce (DRAW) Blog Series shares lessons learned from a national landscape scan conducted by World Education, Inc., Jobs for the Future (JFF), and Safal Partners. The goal of DRAW is to better prepare and support adult education practitioners to teach foundational digital skills and address barriers learners face when using digital technologies.
  • Digital Resilience in the American Workforce Brief Series- coming Fall 2022
  • Digital Resilience in the American Workforce Landscape Scan-coming Fall 2022
  • The Digital Skills Library is a crowdsourced learning resource curated by adult educators, digital navigators, digital skills training providers, and other individuals dedicated to ensuring all adults have access to quality digital skills content.
  • Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Supporting Learning and Motivation booklet describes principles of effective instruction to guide those who design and administer adult literacy programs and courses. It also explores ways to motivate learners to persist in their studies. 
  • Integrating Digital Literacy and Problem Solving into Instruction is a collection of lesson plans and ideas to accelerate learning for adult students by improving their use of technology to solve problems and communicate with others. View Webinar
  • Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom is a self-paced course that examines the why, how, and what questions for integrating technology in the adult education classroom. Log in to the LINCS Learning Portal.
  • Integrating Digital Literacy into English Language Instruction is a resource suite focusing on foundational digital literacy skills, the importance of digital literacy, and ways to integrate digital literacy into instruction with information and communication technologies.
  • Issue Brief: Digital Literacy explains what digital literacy skills are and why they are important. It describes what skills students need for digital literacy and provides tips for integrating digital literacy in the adult education classroom.
  • OER STEM Project is an open educational resource designed to increase teaching and learning of STEM subjects in adult education. OER STEM aims to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instructional content and practice in adult education specifically through the use of widely available and free open educational resources
  • The Teaching Skills that Matter Digital Literacy toolkit components support teachers to integrate the digital literacy skills that matter to adult students by using integrated & contextualized learning, problem-based learning, and project-based learning.
  • Use Technology Effectively provides ideas on how you can use the technology you have more effectively in the teaching and learning environment. Teaching Excellency in Adult Education (TEAL) highlights ways to be creative despite uneven technology infrastructure.

Resources for Programs