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Plainly Speaking

Author: Nicole d’Entremont of Plainly Speaking What is plain language? Plain language is a way of writing or speaking that’s clear, concise and helpful. It’s the opposite of wordy and confusing communications. Plain language seems effortless, but it takes time and skill to put it into practice. Four reasons your… Read More »Plainly Speaking

Reflections on a monumental transition: What we have learned through embracing digital skills as foundational learning

Author – Monica Leong, Digital Divide Project consultant Do you remember the monumental shift that came about with the global health pandemic in the (long ago) spring of 2020? Everything turned upside down overnight.  A world that had long thought of digital skills, adequate hardware and reliable internet as ‘nice… Read More »Reflections on a monumental transition: What we have learned through embracing digital skills as foundational learning

The link between literacy and poverty: Can education help to eliminate poverty?

Written and posted by ABC Life Literacy Canada on June 15, 2023 ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen organizations that promote adult learning. There’s no denying the direct link between poverty and literacy. This 2022 report found that roughly one in five school-aged children worldwide (about 262… Read More »The link between literacy and poverty: Can education help to eliminate poverty?

September 30th

September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honors the children who never returned home, the Survivors of Indian Residential Schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component… Read More »September 30th

Digital Divide -practitioner resources and tools

A new season of adult foundational learning is upon us. After more than two years of major changes and challenges due to public health restrictions, programs are facing myriad decisions. Among them: Will programming return to in-person delivery? Will some programming be online? Would a mix of online and in-person… Read More »Digital Divide -practitioner resources and tools

Defining our terms

Calgary Learns supports foundational learning opportunities for adults – that is our core work.  We are often asked to define our terms. Questions like ‘what’s the difference between literacy and foundational learning?’. The definition of terms we use were drawn from research and resources that inform adult learning principles and… Read More »Defining our terms