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Celebrate the Adult Literacy Education Wiki: Seven Years and Counting!

Posted on 11/29/2011

The Adult Literacy Education Wiki

It is hard to believe that is has been 7 years since the Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki was first established. It was initiated by David J. Rosen and Erik Jacobson on November 27, 2004 at the Meeting of the Minds conference, and has been built by volunteers since then. The wiki serves as a way for practitioners, researchers and learners to pose and answer important questions in adult literacy education practice, and to share knowledge, professional wisdom, research and findings related to the practice of adult education.

Since its inception, the ALE Wiki has grown to over 1670 registered users, 33 topic areas and 1566 pages. It is a collection of information on research and practice that is created, maintained and enhanced by the broad and outstanding field of adult education practitioners, researchers, and learners in the United States and around the world.

What is a Wiki?

Wiki-wiki is a Hawaiian word that means "very very quickly". Wiki alone means quick. A wiki is a Web page where anyone can add or change text. Wikis are used for a variety of purposes where people come together to think and write and add to knowledge.

What Can I Find at the ALE Wiki?

The ALE Wiki provides an open, online environment that supports discussions and allows users to share resources on topics ranging from adult basic literacy, to assessment, workforce and workplace education, and public policy. In the topic areas are selected discussions which have taken place on electronic lists, summaries of these discussions, links to relevant research, research citations, bibliographies, glossaries of terms, and other resources.

Visit the Adult Literacy Education Wiki Main page

  • See a full list of topics covered
  • Set up a log-in account on the Login page.
  • Contribute your thoughts, resources, or comments on the Directions page

The ALE Wiki is a volunteer effort, with Web hosting costs supported by the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJall).  

To learn about the the Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki and see the topic areas, go to http://wiki.literacytent.org/index.php/Main_Page

To learn how to contribute your thoughts, resources, or comments (a wiki allows members of a community to easily contribute their professional wisdom and commentary) go to http://wiki.literacytent.org/index.php/Directions