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October 31, 2013

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

December Networking
Dec. 3, 2013, 3pm, The Elks

Annual General Meeting
April 9, 2014, 3pm, The Elks

Life Of Learning Award
April 9, 2014, 4pm, The Elks

December Networking

Integrating Foundational Learning (IFL) project - Conversation Café

Come chat with the IFL project participants and you'll discover the innovative ways they have reached out to the adult learners in their programs. During the café you'll learn some promising practices for integrating foundational learning and hear success stories from the program facilitators themselves. You will come away with new ideas for including foundational learning in your own programs.

When:  Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Where: The Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club: 2502 - 6th Street NE
Time:    3-5 PM
RSVP: (deadline is Nov 25)


Database - Survey

During our Community Consultation, participants expressed the need for a database of programs that are in our community. In order to address this expressed need, Calgary Learns has done some research and believes that instead of starting a new database, it would be ideal to refine a current database to make it more effective for referral purposes.

We are currently connecting with Inform Alberta to create an adult learning/literacy directory with different chapters. We need your help creating this directory. We're not re-inventing the wheel. We hope to create one starting point and re-direct from there.

The survey deadline is November 15, 2013. We’d like to encourage you to send this survey to other staff members of your organization, especially those who deal directly with learners, learner referrals and intake. Thank you in advance for your help!!

Survey link:

If you have any comments or questions, please email us at


The PIAAC Results Are In

On October 8th the PIAAC results were released.  If you missed the webcast that day, here’s the webcast link:  (Note: you need to register (= free) to get access to the webcast).
This survey of adult skills directly assesses the skills of about 5,000 adults aged 16-65 in each participating country (23 countries in total), representing the working age population. The skills tested are literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. The survey also asks about the use of ICT at work and in everyday life, generic skills required at work, whether the skills and qualification match work requirements and questions about education, work and socio-economic background.
Highlights of Canadian results
  • In literacy, the mean proficiency score of 16-65 year-olds is around the average of the OECD countries participating in the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). The younger adult population (16-24 year-olds) scores significantly below the average in literacy of the OECD countries participating in the Survey.
  • In numeracy, the mean proficiency score is however significantly below the average. The younger adult population (16-24 year-old).
  • Younger adults score higher than their older counterparts (55-65 year-olds).
  • 10.4% of the adult population (16-65 year-olds) report no prior experience with computers or lack very basic computer skills. In contrast, 37% of the adult population score at the highest levels in problem solving in technology-rich environments, a proportion significantly above the average of the OECD countries participating in the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC).
  • 16.4% of the adults score at the lowest levels in literacy and 22.4% in numeracy.
The Centre for Literacy hosted a conference last week with deep discussions about the PIAAC results.  Many Calgarians were participants and we look forward to having them share further insight in future newsletters.
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