Levelling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy

Levelling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy maps the digital literacy education and training landscape in Canada. It highlights the types of digital skills that people in Canada are pursuing, sheds light on barriers to access, and identifies existing gaps and potential opportunities to improve the development and supply of digital literacy skills. Read More

Source: Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship

BC ABE Policy Work Update

With the change of government in BC over the summer of 2017, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) faculty delegates from around the province seized an opportunity to meet with BC Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) officials in the fall of 2017 to provide input on policy for ABE/ELL programming in public post-secondary institutions. Then, in spring 2018, AVED announced the new Adult Education Policy Framework. It is posted here for reference. Also posted is Vancouver Community College Faculty Association’s (VCCFA) summary response to the new policy. It briefly outlines the initial key discussion points from the fall consultation, the corresponding Ministry action, and finally, issues requiring further action to ensure student access is secure. Read More


The Role of Adult Education in Reducing Poverty

Global statistics reveal that whilst poverty levels have reduced since 1981, only China has made significant inroads into this phenomenon. The latest figures indicate that there are 1.40 billion people living below $1.25 a day, 20% of the world’s population (Shah 2010). Furthermore, literacy figures for 2008 indicate there are still 776,164 adults and youth who are classed as illiterate (UNESCOUIS 2008)… Read More

Source: European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)

A new mandate for this blog?

In 2014 this blog was created as a collaboratively authored effort by educators-researchers  in the adult education field in British Columbia with the aim ‘to gather and share information about the social, economic and educational consequences of ABE tuition policy and other changes to adult education policy in BC.’ Now that the tuition fees are no more, do we want to set new goals for this blog? Read More


Policy Discussions Underway: Moving forward on removing barriers to access for ABE students

On Monday, October 16th, a group of 11 faculty members from across the Province met with the Assistant Deputy Minister and three Government policy developers to discuss the development of policy for ABE and EAL program delivery. I was at the table along with Taryn Thomson from College & Career Access and Lynn Horvat from Basic Education. The other faculty representatives at the table were from Camosun, North Island, College of the Rockies, Vancouver Island University, Kwantlen and the College of New Caledonia. Read More