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  • Engaging Learners

    in distance and blended

    learning.

    NALA experience

    John Stewart, NALA

  • Information on NALA

    National,independentmembershipbasedagency.

    FundingviaDepartmentofEducationandSkillsand

    othersources.

    Allourworkisabout:

    Ensuringpeoplewithliteracydifficultiescan

    fullytakepartinsocietyandhaveaccessto

    learningopportunitiesthatmeettheirneeds.

  • What we do

    Advocacyandpolicydevelopment

    PromotionalCampaigns

    Practicedevelopment

  • OECD Adult Skills Survey 2013

    Almost 18% of Irish

    adults are at or below

    level 1 of literacy

    525,000 people.

    25% of Irish

    adults are at or

    below level 1 of

    numeracy

    754,000 people.

    42% of Irish adults score at or below Level 1

    on the problem solving scale 825,000

    people.

  • A question of critical massAdultliteracybudgetinIreland2013is29Mand

    54,682 attendedadultliteracyservicesinETBs.

    About10%ofthoseatorbelowPIAAClevel1literacy.

    Tuitionmodelismainly2hoursperweekforabout30weeks

    Blendedlearningisnotalwaysused.

    FurthereducationandtrainingbudgetinIreland900M

    270,000 placesinfurthereducationandtraining.

  • NALA advocate 4 policies to engage learners

    1. Embedliteracyintootherpolicies e.g.Health,

    Activation,YouthandDigitalstrategies.

    2. Integraterelevantliteracy&numeracyintoall

    learning.

    3. Providemoreflexibleservicestomeetneeds.

    4. Promotional,awarenessandadvertisingcampaigns.

  • More flexible services Blendedlearning,selfdirectedanddistancelearningarenowkey

    toliteracyandbasiclearningpolicies.Ireland FurtherEducationandTrainingStrategy20142019

    USAMakingSkillsEveryonesBusiness(2015)

    International e.g.EuropeanCommissionandUN seeUNESCOUILdatabase.

    Theresearchonlearningamongprofessionaladultsindicatesthat

    blendedlearningmodelssupportingonlinelearningwithsome

    instructor orpeerledinteractionsanddialogue aremore

    effectivethaninpersononlymodelsoraseffective.U.S.DepartmentofEducation,OfficeofPlanning,EvaluationandPolicyDevelopment.(2010).

    Evaluationofevidencebasedpracticesinonlinelearning:Ametaanalysisandreviewof

    onlinelearningstudies.Washington,DC:Author.

  • Write on supports flexible learningwww.writeon.ie

    Providesselfdirectedanddistancelearning

    Supportsblendedlearning

    ProvideRecognitionofPriorLearning

    Buildsonliteracyasasocialpracticehttps://www.nala.ie/sites/default/files/publications/nala_guidelines_for_

    good_adult_literacy_work.pdf

    AnotherNALAexamplewww.helpmykidlearn.ie

    supportsfamilylearning

  • www.writeon.ie Providesforindependentselfdirectedlearningplans,with

    telephonetutorandmaterialsupports over45,000accounts

    Blendedlearningresourceforproviders 180centres

    ProvidescertificationatNFQlevels2&3 withRPL

    Actsassteppingstonetofurtherlearning

    Costeffective,qualityassured.

    www.writeon.ie

  • The learners journey

    NALAFreephone1800202065

    ortextLEARNto

    50050

    NALAsDistanceLearningService

    (DLS)

    Learnwithatelephonetutor30mins.aweek

    SelfdirectedOnline

    www.writeon.ie

    Providere.g.ETBAdultLiteracy

    Service

  • Writeon - a 2 minute video

    introduction

    GettingStartedonwriteon

  • Easy to use: Log on password

    and user name

  • Choose level & theme.Take initial assessment

    Themes Health Family Money Sportand

    Leisure Technology Work Environment

  • Start learning and get qualifications

    Over28,000interactionsin41areasoflearning!!

  • Certification on www.writeon.ieLevel 2MajorAward

    choosefrom 12Minorawards

    Level3MajorAwardsEmployability,ICTandGeneralLearning

    choosefrom 14Minorawards

    Reading Communications

    Writing Mathematics

    ListeningandSpeaking Application ofNumber

    PersonalDecisionMaking Functional Mathematics

    SettingLearningGoals Computer Literacy

    QuantityandNumber InternetSkills

    PatternandRelationship DigitalMedia

    ShapeandSpace Career Preparation

    DataHandling Health andSafetyAwareness

    QuantitativeProblemSolving PersonalEffectiveness

    UsingTechnology PersonalandInterpersonalSkills

    ComputerSkills ManagingPersonalFinances

    SelfAdvocacy

    EventParticipation

    Content and resources at Level 1 and Level 4, - no certification yet.

  • GettingStartedonwriteon Writeon2(Level2)Guide Writeon3(Level3)Guide Writeon4(Level4)Guide

    www.writeon.ie Level guides

  • Models of Blended Learning using www.writeon.ie

    Usedinclassandinlearnersowntime. Supportslearningandcertification2013Casestudiesofnumeracypractice

    1.TallaghtProbationService

    Usedmainlyinlearnersowntime Extendslearningandtimeontask2014NALAESOLblendedlearningreport.pdf

    2.LimerickESOL

    Partnership

    Usedtosupportindividuallearningplansinatutorandpeersupportmodel

    2011NALABlendedLearningreport

    3.AnCosancommunityeducation

  • Recognition of Prior Learning - RPL Integralpartofwww.writeon.ie. Initial,formativeandsummativeassessmentagainstnationalstandards.

    ProvidesRPLatIrishNFQlevels2&3. OnlyRPLsystemattheselevelsinIreland. Example:ActivationprojectforyounglongtermunemployedusedRPLtosupportlearningandqualifications.Blendedlearningforyoungunemployed

  • Blended learningNALAexperiencesuggestsbenefits:

    Forlearners: Facilitateslearningindifferentwaysandstyles. Learnersmayrequiremoresupportthanyoucantraditionallyprovide. Integratesliteracyandnumeracyintootherlearningneeds.

    Forproviders: Expandslearningtimeandoptimiseslearningandtutoringresources Supportslearningtomeettheneedsofaparticularlearner. Sharescontentratherthanreinventsthewheeleverytime. ProvidesforcertificationandRPL

    Forpolicymakers Canprovidegreateroutcomesandachievement Optimisesresources

  • Evaluations & evidence

    2008EvaluationofDLS 2009WriteonUsabilityReport 2010EvaluationofDLS 2011WriteonUsabilityReport 2011NALABlendedLearningReport 2014NALAESOLBlendedLearningReport 2014Writeonforwork:Guidelinesforwebbasedbasicskills

    support

  • Strategies for Improving Participation in and Awareness of Adult Learning European Commission, 2012

    NALA Written Off -TV series and distance learning www.writeon.ielisted as one of top 16 case studies by European Commission in 2012.

    http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/strategies-for-improving-participation-in-and-awareness-of-adult-learning-pbNC3112514/?CatalogCategoryID=QN4KABste0YAAAEjFZEY4e5L

  • 45,000+learningaccounts

    3,500+learnersgotawards

    17,690L2minors3,898L3minors

    Blendedlearning:Over100centresuse

    Writeontoday

    2014 7,717newaccounts

    13,948visitors

    Someoutcomes

    2014 20m39saveragetimeon

    site

  • Mass awareness and advertising campaigns

    TVSeries2000 2014 TheFamilyProject(20132014) AStorywithMeinit(20112012) StuckforWords(2010) Writtenoff?(2008 2009) Thereallyusefulguide(20062007) ReadWriteNow(20002005)

    Aimisto:1.Raiseawarenessofadultliteracyissue;and2.motivatepeopletoreturntoeducation

    Ratings200,000 300,000watchedTVprogrammeseachweek!!

  • How we reach learners- a 30 second TV ad.

    http://bit.ly/ImP0rG

  • Advertising Campaigns

    A mother who wants to help her child with homeworkhttp://bit.ly/197AISL

    An older man who used to have problems reading, writing and numbershttp://bit.ly/ImP0rG

    A younger guy who turned his life aroundhttp://bit.ly/IiPu2n

    2007 20133people3stories3reasonsforimprovingtheirliteracy20,000callsandtexts

  • Website for parents www.helpmykidlearn.ie

    Aim of website is to give parents fun ideas and tips to support childrens literacy and numeracy development.

    It is part of National Literacy & Numeracy Strategy for children.

    Nearly 67,000 unique visitors in its first year.

    Nearly 1,000 subscribers to monthly newsletter.

    Supports family literacy practices and learning in the home. No certification its fun.

  • Family literacy: Effects of parents and schools on childrens

    achievement Achievement Parental

    effectsSchool effects

    Age 7 0.29 0.05age 11 0.27 0.21age 16 0.14 0.51From Sacker et al 2002Desforges to EFLN conference 2009 http://www.efln.eu/assets/sept09conference/Charles_Desforges_EFLN_Pres.pdf

  • Reach more. Serve better.1. Motivateadultstoengageinlearninge.g.TVads.2. Integrateliteracyandnumeracydevelopmentinto

    furthereducationandtrainingprovision.3. Providedistancelearningwww.writeon.ie4. Supportmoreintensivelearningthroughblended

    learningandRecognitionofPriorLearning.5. Supportfamilylearningwww.helpmykidlearn.ie

  • Further information NALASandford LodgeSandford CloseRanelaghDublin 6

    Email: jstewart@nala.ieTel: (01) 412 7900

    Website: www.nala.ie

    Plain English website: www.simplyput.ieDistance learning website: www.writeon.ie

    http://twitter.com/nalaireland

    http://facebook.com/nalaireland

    http://www.youtube.com/user/nationaladultliterac

  • Try It Out L2

    www.writeon.ie Requestapassword noteitdown Giveyourselfauniqueusername(Pleaseaddthewordtest e.g.test_john NALA)

    Addin(realorfake)information SelectLevel2 Pickanyaward Startworking Checkoutportfolio

  • Supplementary information

    Plain english conference Dublin September 2015

  • Some recent NALA achievements

    Securedadultlearnerseatson16EducationandTrainingBoards;

    Nationaladultliteracyandnumeracystrategyenshrinedinla