The ultimate goal of the 29th 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, educational and workforce 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.
This year’s conference will showcase ways in which technology has changed or can change our work as adult practitioners.
We invite proposals for 70-minute dynamic, practice-based workshops focused on integrating technology into adult literacy instruction, planning, services, and administration. Presentations will reach a variety of adult literacy practitioners from various types of adult education organizations across the region; including Executive Directors, Coordinators, Teachers, Case Managers/Learning Coaches and Volunteers (to encompass mentors and 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, Adult Education Remixed: Transformation through Education.
• Applications, 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
• 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 programming and staff development: e.g., online staff development opportunities, using data to inform programming, technology skills for educators
• Technology for working with special groups or populations: e.g., learners in correctional settings, returning citizens, emergent learners, learners with disabilities, strategies for bridging the digital divide, two- generational instruction, bridge programs for higher education, apprentice or credential programs.
We look forward to receiving your proposal!
Application Deadline: 12:00 PM, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Presentation slots during the conference are limited. Presentations will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Adherence to Adult Education Remixed: Transformation through Technology, 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)