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Iowa Virtual Literacy Initiative (Ivli)



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  • 1. Iowa Virtual Literacy Initiative (IVLI) for Education and Workforce Training Virtual Literacy to Succeed Equipping Adults with Low Literacy for Future Work Readiness
  • 2. 2008 National Commission on Adult Literacy Reach Higher, AMERICA Report
    • Employment needs of low-skilled workers must be met in order to remain competitive in today's global economy
    • For adults with low literacy skills, reading and writing is the barrier to needed education and training
    • As many as 38% of U.S. adults over the age of 18 (as many as 90,000,000) lack the literacy skills to be successful in the 21 st century workplace. 
  • 3. Iowa Virtual Literacy Initiative (IVLI)
    • An Iowa initiative preparing adult learners with low literacy for future work readiness
    • Spearheaded by the Drake University Adult Literacy Center (DUALC)
    • Public-private partnership
  • 4. Virtual Literacy Pilots
    • With an objective to significantly reduce timeframes and increase completion rates, virtual literacy technology and methods are infused into employment training programs including:
    • GED
    • Training certifications including the Career Readiness Certificate
  • 5. Round 1 Pilots
    • GED Program—Correctional Facility
    • Career Readiness Certificate—Supported Education Program
    • GED Program—Community College
  • 6. Round 2
    • Corporate training program
  • 7. Customized programming created to address the literacy needs of multiple populations:
    • Low-skilled worker
    • Unemployed worker
    • Underemployed individuals
    • Immigrant workers
    • Incarcerated individuals
    • Formerly incarcerated individuals
    • Minority populations
    • Individuals with cultural and language barriers to employment
    • Workers with disabilities
    • Displaced workers
    • College students in remediation
    • Transitioning youth
    • Mature workers
  • 8. Technology Working Models
  • 9. Software
    • Kurzweil 3000
    • Read & Write Gold 9
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Preferred
    • kReader PC (Beta)
  • 10. Hardware
    • ClassMate Reader
    • kReader Mobile
    • (Nokia N82)
  • 11. Freeware
    • Natural Readers
    • VozMe 
    • ReadPlease 
    • Voicethread 
    • Dial 2DO 
    • Scan R 
    • Bookshare 
    • Google Book Search
    • Project Gutenberg
  • 12.
    • Stressing the role of workforce creation and economic stability is dependent upon an investment in human capital and the harnessing of technology to make the most of the opportunities and information.
    • — Secretary Thomas E. Perez, Maryland Department of Labor (October 2008)
  • 13. For more information
    • Anne Murr, M.S.
    • Coordinator
    • Drake University Adult Literacy Center
    • anne . murr @drake. edu
    • 515-271-3982
    • Linda Kelly
    • Project Manager
    • lkconsulting @ gmail .com
    • 515-201-5158