Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Multi-media and Professional Development for Adult Literacy Workers Facilitating Learning and Literacy: Developing a Bilingual DVD

Dr. Robin Millar, Les Klassen.

As part of a project to develop materials to help adult literacy practitioners teach their learners, the Centre for Education and Work is creating a DVD to accompany its print Facilitator Guide. The DVD is being produced in English and French for use in Canadian adult literacy programs. The focus of the Facilitator Guide and the DVD is to integrate Essential Skills career information with a community literacy approach.


The Government of Canada has produced over occupational descriptions of the Essential Skills needed for jobs in over 150 entry-level positions. Unfortunately, these Essential Skill Profiles are under-used in adult basic education programs. At the same time, the province of Manitoba has developed a guided portfolio system for assessing progress of adult learners.

This purpose of this project was to develop a Facilitator Guide which helps adult literacy practitioners integrate the Essential Skill Profile information into their teaching and learning programs using a portfolio assessment system. In order to support the dissemination and use of the print Facilitator Guide, the project team elected to develop a DVD. The DVD provides an on-line workshop focusing on how to use the information in the print guide.

Workshop focus

This workshop will provide participants with an interactive view of the materials and their application in basic education for adults. The workshop will focus on how the DVD materials can be used for professional development in distance settings.


Dr. Robin Millar  (Canada)
Executive Director

Dr. Robin Millar is the Executive Director of the Centre for Education and Work, which is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg to promote the development of adult learner friendly institutions.
Dr. Millar is an experienced adult educator and facilitator. She worked in the field of adult literacy and learning disabilities for ten years in England, and before that the United States. Robin has taught on the CACE (Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education) program at the University of Manitoba for the past ten years. She has presented at conferences and workshops in workplace education, adult literacy, adult education and learning disabilities, and more recently PLA. She has published articles and books on spelling, learning disabilities, and adult literacy

Les Klassen  (Canada)

Centre for Education and Work

  • Adult literacy
  • Bilingual multi-media development
  • Professional development

(60 min. Workshop, English)