Since 2000, NALA have been using television, radio, print, telephones and the internet to provide distance education opportunities to literacy learners.
The aim of NALA’s Distance Learning Service is to provide high quality free distance learning opportunities targeted at improving literacy without regards to social, economic and cultural backgrounds and taking account of all levels of technical ability.
www.writeon.ie is NALA’s interactive web site to help people improve their reading, writing and numbers skills online. Learning content is available from Level 1 to Level 4. Learners can receive QQI accreditation at Level 2 and Level 3. Users can study at their own pace and in their own time to improve their skills or get a national qualification. Users of the site can have their skills assessed across a number of areas and then be prescribed an individual learning plan to improve these areas. At the end of the learning phase, users are presented with an opportunity to have their skills assessed and request a national qualification. This is the first time that accreditation at this level has been offered in Ireland using the Internet.
Distance Learning is about flexible learning.
Distance Learning is defined as occurring when learners and tutors are separated by either space or time. This is a broad definition, which reflects the fact that distance learning can involve people studying in a range of personal contexts using a number of learning or communication technologies.
Distance Learning can fill a gap.
While this support is available in traditional face-to-face situations through Education & Training Boards (ETBs), around 89% of those adults identified as in need of support are currently not availing of this support. There are various reasons for this lack of involvement, many of which are associated with provision of adult learning in school building-based centres and in face-to-face interventions. NALA believes www.writeon.ie will address many of these barriers to participation and help to provide learning opportunities for those people not currently engaged in lifelong learning.
To find out more about studying online on www.writeon.ie or doing free tuition over the phone call us on Freephone 1800 20 20 65 or Freetext LEARN to 50050.
You can read the latest evaluation of our distance learning service here