At a Glance

What remaining resources and approaches are most relevant for educators seeking to increase digital literacy and digital resilience for an adult learner population? These deep dives into the Digital Resilience in the American Workforce (DRAW) findings, from our national landscape scan on adult digital literacy, offer a closer look into resources and approaches for adult educators to use in the classroom. Explore the chapters of the DRAW landscape scan for a robust exploration of invaluable resources for digital literacy, instruction, and resilience.

Published sep. 29, 2022

Chapter 1

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Defining Digital Skills & Resilience

In this deep dive into chapter one of the landscape scan, we explore two themes: lifelong and life-wide learning and digital skills for employment. What do digital resilience and digital literacy mean? We explored this topic a bit in our blog, "Digital Digest: Putting Digital Literacy and Digital Resilience into Frame," but this deep dive offers more context surrounding this topic.


The DRAW team developed a list of frameworks, definitions, and standards to accompany Chapter 1: Defining Digital Skills and Resilience. Download the resource below.

Chapter 2

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Advancing Access & Digital Equity

As described in the DRAW Landscape Scan and blog "Advancing Access and Digital Equity" digital divides reflect longstanding inequities in American society, such as income and wealth gaps and uneven access to high-quality K-12 education. This deep dive shares findings related to advancing access and digital equity from the national landscape scan conducted for the DRAW initiative.


To accompany Chapter 2: Advancing Access and Digital Equity, the DRAW team, developed a resource outlining device and internet access efforts, initiatives, and emerging practices. Download the resource below.

Chapter 3


Instructional Approaches & Practices

This publication shares findings from the DRAW landscape scan and responds to questions raised in interviews with learners and practitioners about how educators can best support adult learners in developing the digital skills required to secure a better future for themselves. While the scan showed that the teaching of digital skills has increased since the onset of the pandemic, it also showed that there still is a great need for a more strategic approach.


To accompany Chapter 3: Instructional Approaches and Practices, the DRAW team created resources encompassing a list of tools that older adults, English learners, digital literacy learners, and others could explore to sharpen their digital skills; also, a list of digital instructional strategies to help guide educators in delivering instructional content.

Chapter 4

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Digital Skills Content & Curriculum

This deep dive into chapter four of the landscape scan explores existing instructional content and use and opportunities to improve the quantity and quality of resources available to learners and practitioners.


To accompany Chapter 4: Digital Skills Content and Curriculum, the DRAW team developed a list of resources centered around digital instructional content. Download the resource below.

Chapter 5

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Assessing & Validating Digital Skills

This deep dive into chapter five of the landscape scan thoroughly explores the practices and models for assessing digital skills and opportunities to improve assessment and skills validation in adult education. For further exploration into this topic, check out our Digital Digest Blog: Selecting an Assessment for Digital Literacy.


To accompany Chapter 5: Assessing and Validating Digital Skills, the DRAW team developed a list of assessments to help adult educators and practitioners validate digital skills. Download the resource below.

Chapter 6

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Practitioner Professional Development

Adult education leaders must look critically at the digital skills of their workforce and invest in effective professional development (PD) practices that enable practitioners to build their own digital resilience so that they have the capacity to integrate digital skills instruction in content. Research supports the need of adult educators to have strong digital literacy skills, an understanding of how digital platforms work, and the ability to effectively integrate technology in teaching and learning.


To accompany Chapter 6: Practitioner Professional Development, the DRAW team developed a resource with a list of models, research, and platforms that adult educators can use in their professional development of delivering digital instruction. Download the resource below.

Chapter 7

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Methodology and Addendum

The DRAW team unearthed opinions about the efficacy of strategies and resources and their ease of use from a convenience sampling of Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funded program staff. The learners, practitioners, policymakers, PD leaders, and workforce development stakeholders reached through a nationally disseminated questionnaire, focus groups, and interviews provided a glimpse of the effectiveness of current efforts on adult learning and outcomes, current needs and gaps in the digital literacy ecosystem, and promising efforts to close those gaps.