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Practitioner Practices and Critical Reflection

Make Your Teaching Transparent

Author – Kate Nonesuch  The second post in the series ‘ways to build community & confidence in the classroom space, ways to create safe and welcoming spaces for learning’ is also from Kate’s blog. Much of our work is invisible to adult learners in literacy, Basic Education or GED programs.… Read More »Make Your Teaching Transparent

Learners on the Teaching Team

Author – Kate Nonesuch Each year Calgary Learns get asked to share resources about ways to build community & confidence in the classroom space, ways to create safe and welcoming spaces for learning. There is no guidebook for this but there are many wise practices. I often think of Kate’s… Read More »Learners on the Teaching Team

Reflections on embedding digital skills learning in programming: Focus on being flexible.

Author – Monica Leong, Digital Divide Project consultant and Embedding Digital Skills in Learning series facilitator.  From the Embedding Digital Skills in Learning series and the Digital Divide Project  In our previous blogposts, we reflected on what we have learned in the Embedding series, including embracing digital skills as foundational learning, keeping… Read More »Reflections on embedding digital skills learning in programming: Focus on being flexible.

Reflections on facilitating digital skills learning: Focus on the learning, not on technology

Author – Monica Leong, Digital Divide Project consultant and Embedding Digital Skills in Learning series facilitator.  In our previous blogposts, we reflected on our learning in the Embedding series, including the monumental transition of embracing digital skills as foundational learning and the way digital skills assessment keeps learners at the centre of… Read More »Reflections on facilitating digital skills learning: Focus on the learning, not on technology

Reflections on digital skills assessment: What it means to keep learners at the centre of digital skills work

Author – Monica Leong, Digital Divide Project consultant In our first post of this series, we reflected on what it means for programs and practitioners to embrace digital skills as foundational learning.  Embracing digital skills as foundational learning is a guiding principle that has emerged in our work. It recognizes the fertile… Read More »Reflections on digital skills assessment: What it means to keep learners at the centre of digital skills work

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

Building on the Case for Literacy in Alberta

The Canada West Foundation just released their report ,“The Case for Literacy in Alberta-Life is hard when you can’t read!”. It is great to see the need for increasing low literacy rates spotlighted. We wholeheartedly agree that addressing Albertan’s literacy challenges needs to be a multi-prong approach targeted to various… Read More »Building on the Case for Literacy in Alberta

Tips From the Field

Are Finances a Barrier for Your Program Applicant? Calgary Learns’ grants support foundational learning programs for adults with financial barriers. Some practitioners have asked us how to best discern if the adults applying to participate in their Calgary Learns funded program have financial barriers.  We have seen a variety of… Read More »Tips From the Field