Citizen Literacy App
City of Glasgow College, Scotland
Digital Learning, Mobile Technologies
The Citizens Literacy app was developed to address two key issues (1) support adults who have very low levels of literacy, where they can speak and understand English but cannot read or write the language. (2) As well as helping develop the learner’s digital skills to ensure they are not “left behind” in a digital world.
The technology was focused on mobile technologies and creating an App allowed users to access the content anytime/anywhere and allowed for personalisation of learning, which wouldn’t have been as effective using other technologies.
The technology has brought increased attention to the college as well as increasing awareness of our “City Phonics” course, a recognised City of Glasgow College initiative. It has enabled the college to expand their course offering in this area and highlighted the importance of lifelong learning by providing adult learners with transferable life skills that they can use on a daily basis.
It is important to recognise that not everyone has the same level of skills, taking away any assumptions and highlighting to the students what they are learning, ensuring that they understand and realise all the different skills they have learned and how they can transfer them into their daily lives.
Funding was the main resource required to carry out the project along with human resource as there was here was a lot of time required for research, development and implementation of the project.