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Computer-based Learning

Computer-based learning can:

  • supplement group class or one-to-one instruction
  • offer flexibility to learners with schedule, transportation or childcare barriers
  • be a great way to improve workforce skills
  • feel like a safer learning environment for some learners
  • help learners with special needs (speech recognition software helps learners with visual and learning disabilities)

Learners can access a wide variety of online learning options via computer or mobile device, like a smart phone.  Make sure individual learners have access to a computer/ device and internet/data before you recommend online learning options. 

Here’s a list of Digital Literacy Resources for adults who want to learn how to use a computer and basic software (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.). 

Here’s a list of Online Learning Resources for adults who want to use a computer or mobile device to practice basic skills (grammar, writing, vocabulary, GED prep, etc.).

Just like you would talk with your learner before and after reading a book or working on a worksheet, interact with your learner before and after a computer-based assignment. Some learners may need more support than others, especially around technology, independent study skills and self-motivation.  

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