Twittering Adult Learning

A recent survey reports that 40% of all tweets are “pointless babble” and that only 8.7% of messages have some form of value.  Well we found one of those useful messages on NIACE Dysgu Cymru’s twitter page:

They have created a great fun video promoting adult learning.

Digital Britain: Implications for adult learners and providers

NIACE are organising an event on the 24th of July in Leicester to discuss the Digital Britain report.


… to air both the opportunities and challenges for adult learners that NIACE has identified within the Digital Britain report.


… anyone with a professional or personal interest in the impact of digital technologies on the future of adult learning in Britain – including adult learning practitioners across all sectors, policymakers and opinion-formers, strategists and managers.

To find out more or book a place visit the NIACE events page.

GMTV and NIACE helping people over 50 get online

“One in three people over 50 don’t use the internet, putting them at greater risk of social, financial and political exclusion”

NIACE and GMTV have partnered to encourage those over 50 to improve their computer skills and access the internet.  In an article by NIACE titled Help people over 50 get online, Dr. Hilary Jones shares his fears on using a computer though he can see the benefits and wishes to learn.

In their article NIACE outlines five steps to getting online:

  1. Talk to someone you trust who can help
  2. Join a beginners’ adult education class
  3. Visit the Digital Unite Learning Zone for step to step tutorials
  4. Visit your local UK online centre (not available in NI)
  5. Just have a go!

For those of you resident in Northern Ireland and who have friends who may benefit by getting online, we (EGSA) can also help.  Just visit our EGSA course search and click on the Basic IT popular search link to find classes in your area.  If you would prefer to phone us, try our Learners’ Line on 0845 602 6632.

You could also pass on the free Internet Made Easy CD to friends and family, who already have a PC at home.  You can use the disk to learn more about:

  • E-mailling family
  • Booking cheap flights
  • Saving time shopping
  • Finding a computer course
  • Banking safely and more…

If you would like a copy,  call us on 0845 602 6632 (conditions may apply).

Short film on embracing Media Literacy

NIACE has created a short film featuring people who have become more media literate through a hands on approach.

Media Literacy Film

NIACE – Media Literacy Survey 2008

The annual Media Literacy Survey from NIACE has revealed there is still some way to go to address the digital divide.

“Over one-third (36%) of adults do not have access to a computer and over two-fifths (42%) lack access to the Internet.”
NIACE Press Release

However, for those who are on the internet there has been a significant change in their usage as the below table from the NIACE report shows.

Changing Internet Usage

Changing Internet Usage

(NIACE Media Literacy Survey 2008, page 16)

Along with the large increases in email and surfing the table above presents a clear picture of the specific activities the internet is being used for.  These have all increased significantly since 2007 and are surely reflective of how the internet is now being used to enrich people’s lives: by helping them streamline the management of their lives and empower their decision making with greater information.

Digital inclusion and media literacy will play a key role in helping people realise these benefits.  The following two quotes sum up the situation well:

“People without the skills to use new communications technologies run the risk of being excluded socially, politically and financially. We all need to help people develop their media literacy to build confidence to benefit from the many opportunities available in this digital world …”
(Robin Blake, Head of Media Literacy, Ofcom – NIACE Press Release)

“What we see and hear from the media shapes our sense of reality and our understanding of the world around us. Yet significant numbers of adults remain on the wrong side of the digital divide. Television continues to play an important role in our leisure time. Too often, however, assumptions are made about people’s ability to participate in the virtual world. Considerable effort is needed to ensure that those who are already marginalised do not become yet further disadvantaged.”
(Rachel Thomson, NIACE Lead Officer for Media Literacy – NIACE Press Release)

 The NIACE Media Literacy 2008 survey report: The Media Literacy Survey, 2008 (pdf)

The Press Association  – related article: “Elderly and poor in digital worry”