Congratulations! As a participant in today’s training, you have been selected by The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland to join the Adult Education Resource Evaluation Team (AERET).
As you are well aware, area literacy programs are constantly trying to balance instructional needs and financial constraints. Budgets are tight, and instructional materials are increasingly expensive. Many programs have invested in purchasing or updating computers to make technology available in the classroom. However, even technologically literate instructors can be overwhelmed by the learning curve of new technology.
The main question we need your team to answer is: How do you judge which resources are worthwhile to incorporate in an adult literacy program?
You can benefit our adult education community by developing recommendations for which free resources are best suited for different settings. Some of the other questions to consider in your exploration:
- What is the cost-benefit of using free resources? What are the “hidden costs”?
- What is the range of technology available in adult education programs?
- At what point is it cost effective to invest in a paid program?
- How user-friendly are the resources? In other words, how easily can students and teachers learn to use them?
- What changes need to be made in adult education programs to support instructors when introducing new resources into the classroom?
Thank you for your commitment to serving Northeast Ohio in the field of adult education!
Task and Process
Your goal for the morning is to develop recommendations on these resources to share with adult education programs in Northeast Ohio. Your team will develop both a written and an oral presentation of your decisions
5 MINUTES: Please decide on the following roles within your team:
- Usability Specialist: Your task is to evaluate the selected resources to decide how easy they would be for students and instructors to use. Some questions to consider: What are the technology requirements to access the programs? How easy is it to get started? What are the features that adult educators would require to get the most out of the programs?
- Instructional Specialist: Your task is to consider the instructional quality and implications of the selected resources. You need to decide how well the programs meet various instructional needs. Some questions to consider: Who is the intended student audience? What skills are taught? What is required of the instructor in the learning process?
- Cost Analysis Specialist: Your task is to make administrative recommendations for implementing the selected resources. Some questions to consider: How well would the selected resources help meet the goals of various adult education organizations? What training or support do staff need to use the resources? What are the hidden costs and barriers to using the resources?
5 MINUTES: After assigning roles, your AERET will decide on a subsection of the resources shared this morning to evaluate, and also take some time to find and consider additional resources.
10 MINUTES: Exploration and evaluation of selected resources.
10 MINUTES: Discussion of findings within group. Create a list of talking points for each resources: pros and cons, tips and concerns, who and how, etc.
10 MINUTES: Draft both a written and oral presentation of your findings:
- Develop an appealing and informative one-two page flyer or blog post to share with area literacy programs. Here is an example: Chromebook for Education? Home?
- All members of the team must participate in presenting a brief, two minute summary of your results.
5 MINUTES: Multiple team members proof read the draft. Practice and polish your summary. Remember, your final product is a professional recommendation that reflects on The Literacy Cooperative. Adult educators are depending on you to provide relevant but succinct information to aid in their decision making.
Presentation and Conclusion
Thank you for taking time out of your busy week to participate in AERET as a service to our region and the field of adult education.