Newly-formatted LINCS Adult Education Courses Learning Portal

Hello Integrating Technology Colleagues,

I want to call your attention to the newly-formatted LINCS Adult Education Online Courses Learning Portal. Among other free online professional development courses for adult educators, these four may be of particular interest to members of the Integrating Technology group:

Integrating Technology

  • Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom (4 hours): This course covers the purposes for integrating technology, explores guidelines for planning to integrate technology into instruction, and organizes thinking about the wide range of technology tools available. Examples of adult education practitioners’ experiences in integrating technology are incorporated throughout the course. In the culminating activity, participants create a Technology Integration Action Plan for a unit or lesson that they select for use with their adult learners.

ESL Pro courses

These provide opportunities for teachers of adult English Language Learners to engage in learning activities that maximize student outcomes. Courses include:

  • Module 2: Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction (2-3 hours): The module is designed for teachers and administrators interested in integrating digital literacy in their adult English Language Acquisition (previously referred to as ESL) classes and programs.

Build a lesson with OER (self-directed, 3.5 – 5 hours)

This user-guided tutorial helps teachers with experience in the Moodle Learning Management System environment develop a comprehensive online lesson using OERs to deliver instruction. The course template is designed with a basic structure aligned to a modified TEAL Lesson Plan Builder (using a WIPPEA lesson plan model: warm-up, introduction, presentation, practice, evaluation, and application) that allows teachers to create a usable online resource that learners can access anytime. The course template is flexible and allows teachers to choose which WIPPEA lesson plan elements to develop online. The course template can be used to design a lesson that fits a variety of instructional strategies (i.e., facilitated, self-study, or flipped) and allows teachers the opportunity to integrate different types of OERs (e.g., text, audio, videos, assessments, and simulations).

Open Your Classroom With OER (self-directed)

This self-paced course introduces adult education (AE) teachers to the wide variety of Open Educational Resources (OER) and familiarizes them with the Creative Commons and other open licenses. Teachers at all levels of AE will gain an understanding of how to identify and search for materials to use in their teaching practice. In addition to learning search strategies, teachers will gain an understanding of how to evaluate OER for appropriate use and how to organize resources for future use with OER Commons.

David J. Rosen, Moderator

LINCS CoP Integrating Technology group