Wednesday, October 10
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
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Salle de Bal Est

Employing Technology to Improve Adult Learners’ Writing

Roundtable ID: 36829
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    Marlene Jackson
    University of Phoenix - Maryland Campus

Abstract: Of the various challenges faced by adult learners in higher learning institutions, writing is one challenge that has the potential to negatively affect learners’ overall academic success. While many courses often offer helpful practice exercises, assignments and techniques developed to help learners’ writing progress, historically, instructional methods have ignored the role computer technology, social media, web 2.0 and other e-learning tools can play in contributing to learners’ writing enhancement(McLoughlin and Lee, 2007; Parker and Chao, 2007). “Employing Technology to Improve Adult Learners’ Writing” is a computer- writing workshop developed to demonstrate various interactive computer technology, social media, and web 2.0 activities designed to creatively enhance adult learners’ writing.

Objectives

For adult learners faced with writing challenges, the ability to achieve academic success depends partly on learners’ effectiveness to apply interactive instructional strategies that are practical, challenging, uncomplicated, and to a greater degree stimulating. This proposal offers such an instructional strategy. The “Employing Technology to Improve Adult Learners’ Workshop provides participants with techniques for implementing face-to-face, online tutorial, workshop, webinars, Skype and other e-learning writing activities designed to enhance writing. Beginning with computer-based activities designed to enhance essential writing mechanics, activities gradually progress to include more complicated writing concepts involving self-publishing, academic research, and web-based writing. Each lesson builds on the previous lessons to provide adult learners’ step-by-step progressive writing and computer skills.

Topical Outline

Beginning with lessons covering essential writing mechanics, activities gradually progress to more complicated writing concepts involving self-publishing, academic research, and web-based writing. Each lesson builds on the previous lessons to provide adult learners’ step-by-step progressive writing and computer skills. The workshop presentation will consist of a slide show, tutorials, interactive hands-on computer-writing activities, and display of suggested computer-writing formats, including newsletters, brochures, and booklets. This proposal offers higher learning faculty a creative writing- technology approach that actively encourages adult learners to creatively enhance their writing skills and thereby increase their opportunities for academic success.

Prerequisites

The intended audience for the workshop includes, but is not limited to, local, national and international colleges, universities and a variety of other learning institutions. The workshop is also appropriate for ESL, High School and Global Business markets. Higher education directors, facilitators, lecturers, trainers, specialists, content area experts, course developers, administrators, trainers and other educators (of all higher learning disciplines) will also benefit from taking this workshop.

Experience Level

Beginner

Qualifications

Dr. Marlene M. Jackson received her Ed.D. in Education Leadership. Currently, Dr. Dr. Marlene M. Jackson received her Ed.D. in Education Leadership, her M.A. in Publication Designs, and B.A. in Communication Arts. As a 25 year government employee, she holds the position of Visual Information Specialist at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington DC. In this capacity, Dr. Jackson is responsible for performing daily visual and digital writing, editing, designing, and publishing of consumer Web blogs, and publications including pamphlets, brochures, booklets, press releases, tip sheets, fact sheets, and advisories, etc. Currently, Dr. Jackson serves as a Lead Faculty Area Chair (LFAC) at University of Phoenix (UOPX) and professor at John Hopkins University and University of Maryland. In addition to the above institutions, as a 15 year higher learning educator, Dr. Jackson has also facilitated the course components at Baltimore County Community College, Howard County Community College and Maryland Art Institute. Discovering the various writing challengers faced by both undergraduate and graduate learners throughout Maryland and DC area, Dr. Jackson developed the Employing Technology to Improve Adult Learners’ Writing Workshop. On January 26, 2012, Dr. Jackson presented her “Employing Technology to Improve Adult Learners’ Writing” Workshop to Directors, Campus College Chairs and faculty during the 4th Annual Assessment Expo sponsored by University of Phoenix. In essence, the workshop offered participants a creative writing- technology approach that actively encourages adult learners to enhance writing. Presentation of the workshop consisted of a slide show, tutorials, interactive hands-on computer-writing activity, and display of suggested computer-writing formats including newsletters, brochures, booklets, calendars, etc. As a result of the well-received presentation, Dr. Jackson was asked to participate in a pilot study designed to assess the validity of a newly developed writing rubric develop by University of Phoenix administrators. For more information, please contact Dr. Jackson at 410.530.4876 or mmjackson@email.phoenix.edu.
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