The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education has enhanced its online professional learning community for adult educators, called the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS).
The website provides adult educators with access to resources; on-demand, web-based professional development opportunities, including online courses and targeted face-to-face trainings; and a connected network of practitioners. LINCS also offers specialized tools, including the ability for adult educators across the country to engage in real-time discussions.
The new and improved website offers a collection of high-quality, evidence-based online resources for adult educators and other practitioners within the adult education system. One of the site’s key features is the “LINCS Community,” which includes 16 topic-area groups. These virtual community groups provide an opportunity for those in the field to engage in topic-specific networking and information sharing activities. By engaging in a group, educators are able to share and obtain real-time answers to peer-driven questions based on their collective professional experiences.
“We want adult educators to use LINCS to improve their practice and connect with peers and experts. We believe that a professionalized teaching workforce and high-quality professional development are key to improving program effectiveness and raising student outcomes so that more adults can complete college or training,” said Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier.