Connecting and learning
The theme of this year’s Adult Learners’ Week is “Digital literacy: Connecting and learning through technology”.
We encourage Australians to use Adult Learners’ Week to celebrate digital literacy as part of the learning journey throughout life.
The journey is the reward
We encourage Australians to use Adult Learners’ Week to celebrate the learning journey.
Even in later life, this learning journey has just begun and can lead to career change.
A list of providers of short courses and adult learning programs is available here.
Meeting your needs
Whether it’s online, face to face or shoulder to shoulder, there is a course, class or learning environment that suits your age and your learning style.
Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
Adult Learners’ Poster 2012
A message from the Hon Sharon Bird MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills
The Australian Government is proud to support ALW through national projects that enhance awareness of the role and importance of adult learning in the community. This year’s funding has been provided to Adult Learning Australia, the Tasmanian Writers Centre and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia for activities that include updating this website and the calendar of events, creating a Facebook group, running a national short story competition, and developing a series of community service announcements for community radio stations. Further information is available at www.deewr.gov.au/alw.
This year’s ALW theme is ‘Digital Literacy’ – an important and very topical focus. At its broadest, the term refers to the ability to use digital technology such as computers, phones, tablets, the internet, and more recently televisions and other entertainment equipment. In our rapidly changing society, digital literacy skills are essential, but there are large numbers of Australians – especially adults – who feel increasingly lost when it comes to technology. So what better way to encourage Australian adults to delve into digital learning, than through Adult Learners’ Week? Educational organisations including TAFEs, universities and community education and training providers, have taken the opportunity to organise events, activities and celebrations of lifelong learning, skills development, digital literacy and much more.
The Australian Government is also pleased to provide $4.8 million to the adult community education (ACE) sector over four years through the Productive Ageing through Community Education Program. It is anticipated that grants will be awarded to ACE providers and community organisations offering courses with a focus on community engagement and skills development for senior Australians (aged 60 and above). Further information on this program will be made available shortly. I would encourage anyone who is interested to get involved – have a look at the options available to you on the ALW calendar, or find your local community education centre.