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Rethinking adult literacy
provision for 2003 and beyond
Robyn Jay
NSW Showcase
‘Literacy is in its nature multimodal –
a matter of visual as well as linguistic design.’
And …..‘ multimodality itself is...
What does a multimodal/multiliteracy
model of teaching/ learning
actually look like?
How can new technologies be used to
add value to teaching/ learning programs
and enhance the development
of the ‘literacie...
‘’Much of the technology use in education is
- didactic
- lock step
- - predictable
- - dogmatically linear, and
- - judge...
How can new technologies
be used to re-engage
marginalised learners:
those for whom traditional educational
approaches hav...
Uses of new technologies include...Uses of new technologies include...
• student and class websites
• online communities
•...
Factors limiting innovation:
• insufficient technical skills and confidence
• lack of technical support
• lack of access t...
SuccessSuccess
factorsfactors
often focus
on shared
narratives
start from
learner interests
& needs
Rather than the LOs
mu...
So, where to from here……
 Pilot projects to trial alternative models provision
 Documented case studies of innovative pr...
Thank you!
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Rethinking adult literacy provision 2003 & beyond

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Rethinking adult literacy provision 2003 & beyond

  1. 1. Rethinking adult literacy provision for 2003 and beyond Robyn Jay NSW Showcase
  2. 2. ‘Literacy is in its nature multimodal – a matter of visual as well as linguistic design.’ And …..‘ multimodality itself is becoming more significant in today’s communications environments where, from multimedia desktops to shopping malls, written text is represented in a dynamic relation to sound, visuals, spaces and gesture.’ Cope.B & Kalantzis.M (2002), Mulitliteracies, p.234
  3. 3. What does a multimodal/multiliteracy model of teaching/ learning actually look like?
  4. 4. How can new technologies be used to add value to teaching/ learning programs and enhance the development of the ‘literacies’ required in 2003 and beyond?
  5. 5. ‘’Much of the technology use in education is - didactic - lock step - - predictable - - dogmatically linear, and - - judgemental Bill Cope 2003 Learning Conference London
  6. 6. How can new technologies be used to re-engage marginalised learners: those for whom traditional educational approaches have failed?
  7. 7. Uses of new technologies include...Uses of new technologies include... • student and class websites • online communities • PowerPoint publications • interactive software • webquests • E-games and role play • student publications • radio • SMS • digital video and camera • sound recording • E-pals • weblogs • Hot Potatoes resource development
  8. 8. Factors limiting innovation: • insufficient technical skills and confidence • lack of technical support • lack of access to appropriate, up-to-date equipment • insufficient time • restrictive program structures, funding models and reporting requirements
  9. 9. SuccessSuccess factorsfactors often focus on shared narratives start from learner interests & needs Rather than the LOs multi-modal move away from an emphasis on alphabetical literacy multi-skilled partnerships and facilitation teams ‘life-wide’ blurring educational boundaries humanised and customised Offer a back door approach to skills development Project-based Passion
  10. 10. So, where to from here……  Pilot projects to trial alternative models provision  Documented case studies of innovative practice within the field  An online mailing list for literacy practitioners  Joint resource development projects to adapt materials for educational settings and programs
  11. 11. Thank you!

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