Workplace and educational technology ecosystems are continuously expanding and evolving, so it is no longer sufficient to teach learners basic computer skills. Teachers and students alike need to be nimble, lifelong learners.

Teachers must be sure that learners can creatively use technology to solve problems they encounter in their daily lives. In order for teachers to provide ample opportunities for learners to do this, they themselves need strong foundational digital literacy skills and the capacity to creatively draw on them to craft meaningful instructional activities. Blended instructional models, which provide opportunity for both in-class and independent online learning, can be a powerful means by which to support a paradigm shift from teacher- to student-centered education when practitioners are trained in ways students can use technology to collaborate, solve problems, and communicate ideas, rather than being passive consumers of information.

The Program Support PD Center will support practitioners by providing information on user-friendly, free, and low-cost educational technology tools, as well as an understanding of the optimum conditions, audiences, purposes, and best practices for using them effectively.

Digital Literacy: Upcoming Events

05/29/2019
Would you like to increase access and intensity for your learners through online learning but aren’t sure where to begin?...
06/05/2019
Early research on learner success in distance learning for adult basic education elucidated the importance of finding learners for whom...
06/07/2019
This annual DL Summit provides programs currently offering distance learning (DL) services with the opportunity to learn how other DL...

Digital Literacy: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Research/Evidence-Based Practice Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education: 2017 NETP Update
From the USDOE, this document is an outline of the policy precepts and systems, and the teaching skills and practices, that need to be in place for...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice How Investment in Technology Can Accelerate Collective Impact in Adult Learning
This resource is an essay summarizing the purposes, factors, and benefits connected to technology use in adult literacy programs. Several tech tools...
Resource Swiping Right for the Job: How Tech is Changing “Matching” in the Workforce
This resource is an overview of the benefits and challenges of using online employment venues from the viewpoint of both employers and job seekers.