The goal of the 30th Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference is to equip practitioners with tools to effectively support adults and opportunity youth (age 16 and up) to be successful in high school equivalency testing, English language acquisition, entry into post-secondary education and training, and securing family-sustaining jobs.
Adult learners require educational opportunities that help fulfill a wide variety of technology, social, personal, educational and workplace goals. These goals can be achieved by using technology to expand access and increase opportunities for learners and the practitioners that serve them. Technology is a powerful tool that can be used to promote learner independence, enable flexible delivery of instruction, express creativity, and make learning more enjoyable. In the 30 years since the then Mayor’s Commission on Literacy (now Office of Adult Education) hosted the first Technology and Adult Education Conference, technology use in education has gone through many changes, and in many, it has stayed the same. This year’s conference will showcase ways in which technology usage in adult education has evolved in the last 30 years. This year’s theme invites us, as adult education practitioners, to reflect on how far we have come, think about where we are now, and look forward to what is ahead in the integration of technology into our work. We are seeking proposals for 70-minute dynamic, practice-based workshops focused on integrating technology into adult literacy instruction, planning, services, and administration. Presentations that feature aspects of how technology has, is and/or will influence what happens in adult education classrooms and programs are welcome. The conference will be attended by a variety of adult education practitioners from a wide range of adult education organizations across the region; including Executive Directors, Coordinators, Teachers, Case Managers/Learning Coaches and Volunteers (to encompass tutors). Priority will be given to proposals that are highly interactive participant-centered, that feature hands-on technology exploration, and that are consistent with this year’s theme, Back to the Future: Reflections on 30 years of technology in adult education.
• E-Teaching and Learning: Application programs, software and devices for facilitating and promoting adult learning: e.g., mobile technology, open-source learning management systems, MOOCs, online learning, video-conferencing, learning in the cloud, gamifying learning, mobile applications, social media
• Technology in the classroom: Strategies for using technology for instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency (HSE), Adult Basic Education, or Beginning Readers: e.g., computer skills of high school equivalency testing, teaching computer skills for successful transition to college and careers, using technology for ESL instruction, using social media for teaching, tutoring using technology, career pathways, preparing adults for the workforce
• Technology for administration: Technology for agency budgets, data collection, programming and staff development: e.g., online staff development opportunities, using data to inform programming, technology skills for educators
• Technology for navigating barriers: Technology for working with learners who experience barriers accessing and/or participating in educational programs: e.g., learners in correctional settings, returning citizens, emergent learners, learners with disabilities, learners with limited digital skills, bridge programs for higher education, apprentice or credential programs.
We look forward to receiving your proposal!
Application Deadline: 12:00 p.m, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Proposal GuidelinesPresentation slots during the conference are limited. Presentations will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Adherence to Back to the Future: Reflections on 30 years of technology in adult education, this year’s conference theme, and alignment with the Workforce Education Standards (see attached document)
• Content that appeals to instructors, volunteers, site coordinators and/or more experienced administrative professionals
• Learning objectives that are specific and measurable
• Relevance and appeal to a culturally, geographically, racially, and ethnically diverse audience
• Lively and interactive format that will facilitate networking among participants (e.g. limited amount of instructor “talk time” vs. participant discussion and interaction)
Please refer to the Standards and use them as a guide while planning your session. Standards may be viewed at ow.ly/Jh5lJ.
If you have questions please contact Nicole Daker at firstname.lastname@example.org