Elevate to a Higher Level
COABE 2023 National Conference
Registration is now open for the National Conference for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education! The conference will take place in Atlanta from April 2-5. The conference sessions include a presentation on their readability research by Dr. Jen Vanek and Victoria Neff of the EdTech Center at World Education. Their study used WorldEd’s Change Agent articles and Adobe’s free Reader with Liquid Mode technology to enhance the readability of digital texts. Participants in the session will hear about the study and learn how to support and onboard their own students to this technology.
Register for the conference here: https://coabe.org/2023-coabe-national-conference/
Early Bird rates are available until February 15th.
About WorldEd’s The Change Agent: The Change Agent is an online publication featuring authentic writing by adult learners that anchors classroom-ready teaching materials. By centering student voices, The Change Agent helps address equity in the adult education classroom—providing an accessible way for teachers to incorporate the ideas and perspectives of people who are often marginalized. In addition, Change Agent staff provide professional development to teachers on persistence, equity, and teaching to the standards, in the context of these socially relevant, peer-written articles and lesson activities.
See an example of a WorldEd The Change Agent article in the Readability Matters SandBox here.
About Adobe Reader with Liquid Mode: Liquid Mode delivers a breakthrough reading experience that enables a much easier way to read documents on mobile. Liquid Mode automatically reformats text, images, and tables for quick navigation and consumption on small screens. Liquid Mode simultaneously creates an intelligent outline, collapsible and expandable sections, and searchable text for quick navigation. Users can even tailor font size and spacing between words, characters, and lines to suit their specific reading preferences.
Get Abobe Reader for Mobile here.
About Jen Vanek, Ph.D.: Jen Vanek is the 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.
About Victoria Neff: Victoria Neff is the Assistant Director of the EdTech Center at WorldEd. She helps World Education and partners use technology to improve the reach and benefits of education and workforce development initiatives across the world. Victoria has experience designing, implementing, and researching technology and digital learning initiatives. Before joining World Education in 2015, Victoria lived in Asia and worked on education projects. She has a BA in global studies from Providence College and an MA in international development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.