Technology in Adult Education Virtual Conference

The first Technology in Adult Education Virtual Conference was held June 7 – 9, 2021. Sponsored by the Distance Education Technical Assistance Project, the conference featured diverse sessions addressing many aspects of the use of technology in adult education programming,

Session recordings and resources will be made available on this page following the conference.

Read the presenters’ biographies.

Monday, June 7 Sessions

9:30 AM:  Using CK-12 in Adult Education

Join me in exploring CK-12, a robust tool for online learning! CK-12 is a free online resource that offers online textbooks, videos, exercises, and real world applications. Participants will receive an overview of how to use CK-12, and discuss possible ideas for integration in the adult education classroom.

Presenter: Jeremy Tinsley, Temple University

10:45 AM:  Using Technology to Make Learning at a Distance More Effective and Engaging

Practitioners from Literacy Pittsburgh will describe how they have successfully implemented various uses of technology in their distance learning classes to make class at a distance more effective and engaging, including creating YouTube videos and peer-led Zoom learning circles.

Presenters: Sara Cole, Nicole Mannino Johnson, Caitlin Griffiths, Julie Teixiera, and Jessica Orlidge, Literacy Pittsburgh

1:00 PM:  Building Strong Reading Lessons Using OERs

In this session, participants will learn some strategies for building standards-aligned reading lessons based on open education resources. The focus will be on remote instruction, but many strategies can be used for in-person instruction as well.

Presenter: Rachel Baron, TIU #11 Community Education and Workforce Services

 2:30 PM:  Tips for Providing Intake and Orientation at a Distance

In this session, participants will learn some strategies for providing intake and orientation at a distance. Staff from the Distance Learning Project will review their process and lessons learned from serving students purely at a distance for the past 15 years.

Presenters: Lisa Bailey, Christine Gloss-Ulery, and Bethaney Coldren, PA Distance Learning Project

Tuesday, June 8 Sessions

9:30 AM:  The Digital Divide of Justice

The Digital Divide of Justice explores digital literacy and access for the men and women traveling through our justice systems. Digital literacy poses a significant barrier for men and women returning from incarceration and this workshop will explore the challenges, best practices and possible solutions to solving the digital divide of justice.

Presenter: Jeffrey Abramowitz, JEVS Human Services

10:45 AM:  Technological Support during COVID-19- Examples from Two Pennsylvania Adult Education Programs

Within this workshop, Dr. Kaiper-Marquez and Mrs. Lydic will present examples of how they have supported instructors with technology and remote instruction during the pandemic. They will describe findings from their two programs while offering additional suggestions for technological support.

Presenters: Anna Kaiper-Marquez, Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, Penn State University and Marilyn Lydic, Lancaster-Lebanon IU #13

1:00 PM:  Giving Feedback from a Distance

During this presentation, you will learn about the four key qualities of giving students effective feedback. We will also identify ways to save time and demonstrate several free technology tools for giving students better feedback faster.

Presenters: Bethany Lezanic and Sue Wilt, Distance Education Technical Assistance Project

2:30 PM:  Using Digital Portfolios with Adult Learners to Improve Workforce Preparation Skills

Participants will discover how digital portfolios (ePortfolios) can help adults focus on career goals and skills needed to successfully transfer from adult basic education to training or employment, and examine ways to use digital portfolios to help adults improve critical thinking, digital literacy, and lifelong learning skills.

Presenter: Chrissie Klinger, Penn State University

Wednesday, June 9 Sessions

9:30 AM:  English Now!: Blended ESOL Learning Circles

English Now! blended learning circles offer a mix of digital content and small group meetings led by a trained facilitator. We will discuss the implementation framework and how participants can adapt the model within their own contexts and programs.

Presenters: Kathleen O’Connell and Priyanka Sharma, World Education, Inc. and Lindsay Southworth, Free Library of Philadelphia

10:45 AM:  Differentiating a Digital Literacy Curriculum

While beginner ESOL students need to learn to use technology, higher-level students need to use technology to engage in learning. Attendees will gain a digital literacy curriculum framework and the tools to differentiate it for different skill levels.

Presenters: Gretchen Spencer and Arick Unger, Providence Center/Temple L.I.F.E.

1:00 PM:  Exploring Digital Literacy in the ESL Classroom

Please join this presentation to explore the overlapping, complementary objectives of digital literacy instruction and the ESL classroom as the speaker shares examples from her own classroom and research-backed lesson and activity designs.

Presenter: Sarah Whitesel, TIU #11 Community Education and Workforce Services

2:30 PM:  Use SkillBlox to Find and Organize Learning Resources

In this session, participants will be introduced to SkillBlox, a free learning plan generation tool that pulls together materials from open education resources as well as publisher resources. Resources are organized by skill, providing a range of learning options for students. These resources have been recommended by adult educators and work well with mobile devices.

Presenter: Jeff Goumas, World Education, Inc.

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