Other Online Training Opportunities
The Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators (CESBA) offers a good range of resources and additional web-based modules to provide support and training for new and experienced LBS practitioners. As CLO and CESBA developed their web-based training, they linked and shared information on how to best serve practitioner needs. They continue to explore ways to further collaborate in the future.
Modules on the CESBA website include:
- Literacy and Basic Skills 101
- Approaches to Adult Learning and Adult Learners
- Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities
- Planning the LBS Program
- Delivering Effective Training
- Professional Issues for LBS Practitioners
- Train Ontario 1- Developing Capacity for Serving Learners with Employment Goals
- Understanding Employment-Related Goal Requirements
There are also modules for LBS Managers and Program Administrators including:
Train Ontario Two
- Program Planning
- Policies and Procedures
- Marketing and Outreach
- Together We Read
Workforce Literacy (related to five specific, entry-level jobs)
- Chambermaid/Housekeeping Services
- Florist Assistant
- Taxi Driver
All modules and resources are available free of charge.
Please visit CESBA’s practitioner training website called “LBS Practitioner Training” at www.lbspractitionertraining.com for more information.
Laubach Literacy Ontario
Laubach Literacy Ontario offers training modules for practitioners and tutors on its “Training Post” website.
Please visit www.trainingpost.org for a variety of tutorials to enable tutors to learn both new techniques and reinforce existing skills. The topics are clearly marked at different levels – beginner, intermediate and advanced. Navigate to “Modules” (www.trainingpost.org/tutor.htm) and find the modules specifically designed for tutors. Topics include everything from duet reading and the Cloze exercise, to goal setting and lesson planning, to the Gunning Fog Index.
Trainers of tutors will find tutorials specifically geared for them, including information on topics such as “adult learning principles”, at the same “Modules” link.
Ontario College System
The college system offers diverse online training courses to the general public via “Ontario Learn”. OntarioLearn.com offers hundreds of online courses on a wide variety of subjects.
Teacher of Adults: Literacy Educator Certificate Program
The Teacher of Adults: Literacy Educator Certificate Program has been designed to address the training needs of Adult Literacy Educators. It provides an in depth exploration of key principles, practices, concepts and issues that shape the role of the literacy educator in the delivery of literacy and basic skills programming. It was developed with input from both experienced literacy educators and those who were relatively new to the field. Their experiences represented a variety of program settings and their work with learners who have a variety of literacy skills and learning needs.
The Certificate Program is delivered via distance education by Algonquin, Conestoga and Sault Colleges on a fee-for-service basis. Visit www.nald.ca/literacyeducator for more information and to link to course registration at each college.
There are seven modules including a fieldwork placement that all delivered via distance education (Internet and self-directed course manuals):
- The Adult Literacy Learner
- Assessing and Evaluating Literacy Learning
- Planning for Literacy Learning
- Foundational Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy Instructions
- Applied Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy Instruction
- Fieldwork Placement
- Choice of Electives – Professional Pathways in Adult Literacy; Making It Work: Workplace Basics for Adult Educators; Learning Disabilities; or Workforce Literacy Program Planning
Please also visit the websites of: AlphaPlus Centre(www.alphaplus.ca) and the National Adult Literacy Database(www.nald.ca) to learn about other opportunities for online learning.