Edtech TA Library

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The aim of the CREATE Edtech Technical Assistance (TA) Library is to provide guidance to practitioners and adult education leaders on integrating or advancing instruction through edtech and other digital technology. Resources include technology integration and digital skills frameworks, technology adoption checklists, webinars highlighting promising resources and strategies, and technology enhanced lesson plans and guidance.

Each submitted resource has been evaluated by internal subject matter experts from World Education to determine their viability for inclusion, their alignment to one or more technical assistance categories (informed by prior research and the expertise represented in the CREATE Adult Skills Network), and their quality of content, structure, and guidance. The technical assistance categories in this library include:

  • Planning technology use;
  • Communicating with learners;
  • Managing content/instruction;
  • Determining instructional content;
  • Providing instruction through different modes; and
  • Assessment

You can locate resources through the categories or by keyword search.

We welcome feedback on our contributions, categorization, and tagging. To report a broken link for any of our resources, please click on the “submit feedback” button seen above and fill out the form.

Do consider nominating a technical assistance resource, by clicking on the "submit new resource" button seen above and fill out the form. Submissions are reviewed monthly and will be added to the library if approved.

Informational Material

This Guide for Design and Implementation of Hybrid–Flexible Models in Adult Education helps adult education practitioners (teachers, staff, and administrators) and professional development leaders to initiate or improve their flexible multimodal instruction or courses. The guidance presented here was gleaned from several data sources: facilitated technical assistance and professional development initiatives, such as the IDEAL Consortium HyFlex Study Group, the LINCs Technology Integration Community, and a Google Group devoted to peer support on HyFlex instruction issues. It is also informed by the opportunity to observe HyFlex classes in action and interview 25 practitioners. This resulted in themes that characterize HyFlex implementation in adult education classes and have defined the benefits and challenges it presents.

2022
Guide
Instructional Material

As emerging needs for remote instruction swept across the state, colleagues come together in this webinar to network and discuss strategies for developing an online class. This webinar focuses on learning how to modify face-to-face content for online instruction, and Identify best practices for online instruction including keeping students informed of the progress and staying connected.

2020
Webinar
Instructional Material

This webinar presents best practices for anyone just getting started in the online environment. Review strategies and practices that contribute to effective, efficient and satisfying, teaching and learning experience for both instructors and students.

2020
Webinar
Instructional Material

In this webinar, Jen Vanek from World Education outlines the steps for planning effective outreach using a communications planning template and will share how one organization uses a Facebook Messenger pop-up to support automated communication; EdTech Center Advisor Jeff Goumas from CrowdED Learning examines various free tools for communications to be leveraged based on your organization’s goals and end user access; and Melanie Sampson, the Content Director at Literacy Work’s Clear Language Lab shares key principles of plain language that you can incorporate into your communication strategies as well as resources to further your use of these principles.

2020
Webinar
Informational Material

How can digital tools be used to efficiently and successfully carry out recruitment, assessment of students’ digital literacy strengths and needs, onboarding, and orientation? In this webinar, learn about tools and research-based strategies for using digital tools to create an inclusive and supportive culture for welcoming new learners into your program and preparing them for success. Explore specific strategies and digital tools for finding and connecting with potential students, assessing their digital literacy strengths and needs, and helping them to have a positive start using digital devices in your classes.

2022
Webinar
Informational Material

In this webinar, you tour the Career Planning and Job Search Resources for Advisors collection, its features, and examine tools and resources that are the most popular among advisors. This webinar highlights tools that based on your advising needs and goals, can help you to select resources that meet your learners’ needs.

2023
Webinar
Informational Material

CrowdEd Learning, a World Education Initiative has created a series of tools to help instructors and adult education programs plan for effective instruction. This resource, the Skill Directory, allows you to explore academic, workplace, and lifelong learning competencies and provides examples of high-quality open educational resources to be used in the classroom.

Directory
Instructional Material

Teaching online is much different than teaching face-to-face in a traditional classroom. This webinar discusses the differences of remote teaching, what it takes to be a good online teacher, what technical skills are needed, and where you can find additional help for all of the above.

2020
Webinar
Informational Material

This resource is specially designed to provide practical ideas and suggestions for instructors who recognize the ever-increasing need of all adult learners to develop digital literacy skills. In this resource, developing digital literacy is always integrated into relevant, effective instruction as a tool to learning and functioning in real-life situations with which students will be confronted. In the explanations and examples provided, technology is introduced into instruction not merely because it may be new or different but in response to clearly defined course and lesson objectives. The intention is to offer numerous practical examples that can serve as a starting place for instructors who are looking to enhance English language acquisition (ELA) instruction while addressing an important need of their students.

2015
Guide
Informational Material

This toolkit is intended to help you put the digital literacy framework from the University Libraries at Virginia Tech into action. Use this toolkit to align your work with digital literacy learning outcomes, get inspired when revising or creating a workshop, curriculum, program, or other learning experience, and learn more about the digital literacy framework.

2020
Guide
Instructional Material

The Digital Access and Resilience in Texas (DART) curriculum integrates beginning English language learning with foundational digital skills. The curriculum is intended to supplement existing English language instruction in lower-level adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. DART is an adaptation of the A-OK To Access curriculum developed for Tyson by the same authors.

The DART curriculum provides the foundation that lower-level English language learners need to recognize and type the wide variety of characters required for most online passwords. The curriculum focuses on teaching students the skills necessary to accomplish eight major "milestones" on the way to successfully creating and logging in and out of an online account.

2023
Curriculum
Instructional Material

As you think about integrating digital literacy into core instructional practices, project-based learning (PBL) can be a powerful approach to customizing teaching and learning that responds to your students’ needs and interests. In this workshop, learn about ways you can develop and use PBL activities that address adult learning and development theory and promote persistence.

2023
Webinar