For many years before I became this group's moderator, Integrating Technology, which was originally called Technology and Learning, had been one of my favorite LINCS communities; but let me introduce myself as moderator. I have worked for several decades in the field of adult basic education (defined broadly, from basic literacy through transition to post-secondary education and including English language learning) as a teacher, program manager, curriculum developer, professional developer, program evaluator, researcher, advocate, consultant and advisor. Throughout my career, a major theme of interest has been how teachers and learners can use digital technology well. For me, this began with an Apple IIe personal computer (for those who remember them), and now includes not only a range of computers and the Internet, but also an expanding use of portable digital devices such as feature phones, smart phones, tablets, and e-readers. I have helped organizations turn face-to-face courses and workshops into online courses, and also have worked with online adult education course developers to create strategies for an online professional development course for face-to-face teachers who are newly interested in developing online teaching skills.

I have a persistent interest in using free online digital video in face-to-face and online instruction, for example for teaching math, science and writing. With a videographer colleague, I have created an adult education professional development website of short, authentic classroom videos, what I often describe as a video window on other adult education teachers’ classes. I have written a guide to blended learning for adult educators that is available online for free. I also have a persistent interest in competency-based education and mastery learning that I see fitting very well with blended learning in a set of strategies aimed to significantly improve adult learning outcomes in this era of rising education standards. I am also interested in digital badges, also known as micro-credentials, and portfolios.

I moderated a LINCS special topics discussion list, when many years ago LINCS was part of the National Institute for Literacy. Currently I am also the moderator for a mobile learning Wiggio group, a FaceBook group for adult educators who (want to) use Facebook private groups with their students, and a Flipped Learning Network adult basic education group.

Although I often like technology, I have also experienced my share of frustrations with it. I don’t consider myself a technology booster or a technology expert, but rather an adult educator who sees many ways in which digital technology can help teachers and adult learners. I love being part of an active community of practitioners where discussion is lively, information is useful, and where we all feel connected with, and well informed about, our mutual interest: how to use technology well to help adults learn.

Whether you are new to this community or not, please feel free to introduce yourself, and tell us about your current technology and learning interests; for those of us reading those introductions, let’s reply indicating how our interests may intersect with theirs. if you are interested in something I mentioned in this introduction and want to know more, please post a reply to ask about it.

David J. Rosen

Moderator, Technology and Learning CoP