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Harford Community College's Adult Development & Literacy staff have been recognized for their contributions to Maryland's official procedures for improvements to the delivery of digital Adult Basic Education instruction statewide. Instructional Specialist Jessie Thompson contributed to the Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners, and Transition Specialist Rhonda Davis and instructors Vidya Kausik and Amanda Walstrum contributed to the Digital Literacy Framework: Implementation Guide in the areas of College and Career Readiness, Pre-GED/GED Math, and English as a Second Language. Both documents have been published and posted to the Maryland Adult Education Standards for Adult Education and Literacy Services website of the Maryland Department of Labor. These documents have also received additional exposure beyond Maryland to a worldwide audience by being mentioned in an article in the September newsletter of EdTech Center @ World Education based in Boston, Massachusetts. The EdTech Center @ World Education was established in 2015 to leverage new digital technologies to accelerate learning, digital literacy, college and career readiness, and economic mobility of lower skilled youth and adults.

The Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners exists to provide structure and definition, offer a reference for evaluation, encourage technology integration, and support adult educators and learners with digital literacy. It is composed of seven elements critical to digital literacy: Productive, Technical, Civic, Communicative, Collaborative, Computational Thinking, and Investigative. This upgraded initiative is meant to not only meet the digital requirements of navigating an Adult Basic Education, Pre-GED, GED or English as a Second Language class, but also to navigate the constantly changing and upgraded need for digital literacy in the community. Examples include applying for a job, making a doctor's appointment and checking in digitally in the doctor’s office, signing in at work, online safety, netiquette and more.

The Digital Literacy Framework Implementation Guide offers applicable and implementable lesson activities and curated resources that align with the Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners. It provides activities from teachers and staff in the field and was created to provide definition, structure, and support to adult learners as they pursue increased digital literacy. The 137-page document provides in-class activities for instructors and staff to use in their daily lesson plans to strengthen and support the seven elements of the Digital Literacy Framework, complete with objective, key observations, competencies and standards, web links, materials, and suggested follow-up activities.

These documents represent the official standards and procedures for all Maryland Adult Literacy programs taught across the state.

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