Readability at ProLiteracy
San Antonio, Texas
Since 2003 ProLiteracy has hosted a biennial conference on adult education. They look forward to again holding an in-person conference this fall. The 2022 ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Education in San Antonio, Texas, will be an opportunity to reinvigorate Adult Education efforts.
The conference is a 3-day professional development experience that brings together frontline adult education and literacy practitioners, professionals, and leaders from across the country. With over 100 educational workshop sessions, participants have opportunities to learn from industry thought leaders who will share best practices, trends in adult learning and education policy, and tangible strategy examples to drive growth and impact.
Most importantly, Readability is on the agenda!
Tune Your Text: Tech to Support Readability of Digital Texts
Readability technologies empower learners to alter text format to meet their individual reading needs. This presentation summarizes recent research and spotlights innovations that enhance learner engagement with digital texts. In this interactive session, attendees learn to leverage a variety of free and open technology tools and strategies for supporting literacy development of adult learners through personalized reading of digital texts.
Readability Community Presenters
Dr. Jen Vanek: Jen is Director of Digital Learning and Research at the EdTech Center @ World Education. Jen leads projects in digital literacy, online learning, English language learning, and adult education. She is co-principal investigator for the 21st Century Learning Ecosystems Opportunity research project, a Walmart-funded study to describe characteristics of effective technology-rich and employer-supported adult learning. She also co-leads the Teaching Skills That Matter-SkillBlox Instructional Support Pilot, a design research initiative funded by the Institute for Educational Sciences focused on development of a free online application for curating, organizing, and evaluating open education resources.
Dr. Zoya Bylinskii: Zoya is a Research Scientist in the Creative Intelligence Lab at Adobe Research (in Cambridge, MA) and an Associate of the Institute of Applied Computational Science at Harvard University. Zoya received her Computer Science Ph.D. and M.Sc. from MIT in 2018 and 2015, respectively. Zoya works at the interface of human perception & cognition, computer vision, and human-computer interaction. She is leading the readability research effort from within Adobe Research and is actively hiring interns in this space.
Kathy Crowley: Kathy brought her high-tech and non-profit experience to found Readability Matters, a Tech-for-Good non-profit focused on shifting reading outcomes for adults and children. Previously, Kathy held global technology leadership roles at Hewlett Packard Company and served on the boards of several international non-profits, including a $2.2M Gates-funded cross-organizational program dedicated to advancing women’s economic empowerment.
Learn more about World Education’s Adult Literacy Readability Initiative here: