Anytime: life-long, 24-hour access,
Anywhere: classroom, at work or home, online, locally, globally
Anyhow: digital, active, distance, groups, individually
Anyone: mature-age, with disabilities, additional language user, youth, worker
The 2014 VALBEC conference, …and the learning goes on, will explore innovative responses to the ongoing changes in LLN delivery and ways in which the field is responding to the demands of the digital age.
Language, literacy and numeracy skills form the basis of successful participation in the community, in further education and in employment. Policies, funding and the student profile may change but regardless of whatever occurs the learning has to go on.
Teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy is characterised by increasing demands for all VET teachers and trainers to support their students' LLN skills, an ageing workforce and the growth of digital technologies. These three elements are just a few that require teachers to reflect, innovate, and continue their professional development.
It may seem that these are not new concerns. However, this is a time when a number of significant changes are coming together.
So how is the learning going on?
How can LLN skills best be taught in content areas?
How can LLN teachers become critical and reflective users of different methods of communication?
With so many different media, are there key LLN skills that we all need?
How do different 'delivery' methods – digital, face-to-face, blended - construct the learner?
With access to learning at all times and from multiple global sources, how can key social benefits of learning be managed?
How are principles of sustainability and civic involvement integrated into curriculum?
These and more questions will engage practitioners in conversation and debate as their learning and professional development goes on.