Presentation Details

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

"Don't be Shame, be Game" - Improving Literacy and Numeracy of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Mature-Aged Australians through Computer Use

Margie Dizon.

Improving the literacy through the use of computers to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians without prior computer experience is an exciting challenge. The participants I did this work with are either enrolled in the Certificates I and II of General Education for Adults or in the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Programme (LLNP) at the Faculty of Indigenous and Research Education, Charles Darwin University. The Computer Literacy modules are presented in a short course format over a period of 2 weeks. Students are from varied backgrounds with differing levels of literacy and numeracy skills, but with the common aim of increasing their employability. All participants have either difficulty in reading and writing or have not touched a computer before or both. The objectives of the computer sessions are to make it interesting and a challenge for participants to engage themselves in using a computer, while at the same time improving their literacy skills through different projects such as creating and editing a website, use of digital cameras and scanning photographs and editing them. Other practical skills and processes taught include inserting pictures or graphics into text, designing party invitations, birthday/greeting cards, flyers and advertisements using a digital camera and scanner. These are then printed onto hard copy, burned on a CD and presented in class and form part of a folio for final assessment. The presentation will showcase some of the work produced by participants and discuss the challenges and successes encountered during delivery.


Margie Dizon  (Australia)
Lecturer, Maths and Computing
Faculty of Indigenous and Research Education
Charles Darwin University

Margie Dizon is a lecturer at the Charles Darwin University with the Faculty of Indigenous and Research Education. She runs Computing Made Easy short courses for the general public and teaches for the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program as well as the Certificates I and II in General Education for Adults. Margie has an Honours in Psychology and is a Doctor in Psychology student with James Cook University.

  • Computing
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Mature-Aged students
  • Technology
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)