In this paper, we discuss the design of CAPITAL Words, an educational Android application to help low-literacy adults improve their phonemic awareness. We discuss our design choices concerning iconography, linearity, consistency, robustness, interactivity, and visibility when creating mobile software usable by illiterate users. We conducted a usability study with 11 adult learners at a local literacy center to determine how successfully users are able to interact with our interface. Results show that the majority of our design choices were intuitive for low-literacy adults with prior smartphone experience and highly learnable for inexperienced users, and that users overwhelmingly enjoyed using the app as a learning tool. This suggests that, if users are given a small amount of guidance initially, there is a high likelihood that they will be both willing and able to continue using our app independently to improve their literacy skills.
Designing a Literacy-Based Mobile Application for Adult Learners, Jennifer R. Hill, May 2016, Georgetown University. (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/302074210_Designing_a_Literacy-Based_Mobile_Application_for_Adult_Learners [accessed Sep 6, 2017].
Jobs for the Future provides a link to the final implementation report, which “describes the effect of Accelerating Opportunity (AO) on education and employment outcomes for underprepared adult learners. Designed and led by Jobs for the Future and national partners, AO allowed adults with low basic skills to enroll in integrated career pathways at community and technical colleges.”
New Evidence on Integrated Career Pathways: Final Impact Report for Accelerating Opportunity, Theresa Anderson, Daniel Kuehn, Lauren Eyster, Burt S. Barnow, and Roberth Il Lerman, Urban Institute, 2017.
“One Stanford University study of students from middle school through college exposed serious critical thinking and information literacy skill deficits at all levels.” This short article from Credo Education concludes that “Critical thinking is an essential tool for the modern world, and it should be taught in a broad, coherent, and effective way.” Posted on February 3, 2017.
Workforce Credential Grant Program at Virginia’s Community Colleges
“Recognizing the importance of promoting a capable workforce to meet the needs of employers and build Virginia’s economy, state lawmakers created a new grant program in 2016 to make specific workforce training programs much more affordable for students.
The new grant program reduces the student cost of specific Workforce Credential training programs by two-thirds so that more people can access this type of training and the jobs that stem from it. Find a
LIST OF COURSES ELIGIBLE FOR CREDENTIAL GRANTS
Click on the Virginia Community College website here
The Reentry Education Tool Kit was created by RTI International with support from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), to help education providers and their partners create a reentry education continuum in their communities.
This tool kit offers guidelines, tools, and resources to help education providers implement the Reentry Education Framework. The Framework promotes the development of an education continuum spanning facility- and community-based reentry education programs. It has five critical components—program infrastructure, strategic partnerships, education services, transition processes, and sustainability.
According to 2015 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earnings increase and unemployment decreases as educational attainment rises. Click here to enter the site.
Grouping workers by education level, the chart shows that those with more education have higher earnings and lower rates of unemployment than those with less education.
These data are from the BLS Current Population Survey, a monthly survey of households that collects information about demographic and labor force characteristics.
America’s Civil Courts: Whom Do We Serve?
This website offers consumer-oriented solutions that require a deep and
accurate understanding of the people being served. Each county is
different, with unique communities of people, needs, resources and service
Every year in America, tens of millions of people find themselves in court, without a lawyer, lost in a system built for lawyers.
The Justice for All Project has called on Access to Justice Commissions and coalitions around the country to develop consumer-oriented, comprehensive strategic plans. These plans will support 100% access to effective assistance for essential civil legal needs through court simplification and offering a continuum of services to include information, advice and appropriate levels of representation.
This tool showcases publicly available data to help inform service design and identify collaborative opportunities that best meet the needs of individual counties, while also laying the foundation of future research and evaluation.
SCROLL DOWN THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SITE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY. Click on the maps until you enter the state or county you are looking for.
Click here to enter the site: https://goo.gl/5BhxYd