Adult Basic Education and Implications of Digital Literacy Essay

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Adult basic education or ABE is a complicated area given that there are varying definitions of the words the title contain. Theorists, practitioners and learners can give differing accounts of what it means to be an adult learner, what constitutes basic education and how to facilitate said education. In practice, the area of ABE describes a whole range of programs that deliver a baseline or basic set of skills that all adults are expected to have acquired during compulsory education (ABE, 2013). According to Jacobson (2012), there is now an increasing availability of digital technology resources for education that are beginning to be applied to adult basic education settings. The presences of these technologies are undoubtedly …show more content…
These technologies also have implications for teacher professional development along the same community of practice model. A CoP developed in an online environment known as an OCoP (Harasim, 2012), allow teachers and administrators the forum to discuss and develop best practices that support teachers in the development of instruction that in turn support learners in the exploration of digital literacies and content knowledge. An OCoP also takes advantage of and promotes understanding within the teacher’s practice of the usage requirements of digital technologies within the design and development of curriculum for content knowledge, computational and language literacy skills as their own professional development is designed within the digital environment (Hawkes and Pauli, 2010). Additionally, the development of an OCoP, perhaps as a website or wiki application removes the boundaries of time and place and increases the efficacy and accessibility of information dissemination and support activities. Affordances of Digital Technologies
Online learning and distance education technologies have been of keen interest to the adult basic education community for better than 15 years, as it solves the problem of lack of capacity. The last National Assessment of Adult Literacies reported 93 million adults have reading, math and/or English

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