Learner Web and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Grant

Need

Many high school dropouts try to educate themselves using online resources, but their efforts aren't very effective, according to a longitudinal study by Portland State University. Low-skilled adults need accessible, well organized online resources to educate themselves for higher education and employment.

Services

Learner Web is an online learning system with telephone and web support from educational professionals and volunteers. Adults can use Learner Web's self-paced learning plans to accomplish specific goals, such as earning a GED, improving English, increasing computer literacy, transitioning to higher education, preparing for a job or improving job skills.

Learner Web is the platform used for the services for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Grant (BTOP) from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which was granted to a 5-state partnership led by Portland State University. Volunteers tutor adults one-to-one using online courses in basic computer skills, using the Internet and online career planning. Tutoring is located at WorkForce centers and community organizations in the Twin Cities and in the Mankato and New Ulm areas. This project is in partnership with a 5-state grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Outcomes

  • More than 800 learners in Minnesota used Learner Web in 2011-12, totaling more than 11,000 hours of instruction
  • There were 77 BTOP tutors offering individualized instruction in 2011-12
  • In addition to St. Paul, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota, the BTOP program expanded to Minneapolis, New Ulm, Northeast ABE, Roseville and Metro West

Learn more

Apply to be a computer skills tutor

Visit MNdemo.learnerweb.org to try out learning plans in development and in use in Minnesota. 

Contact Jen Vanek at jenvanek@moreliteracy.com to request an account in the demo region or for more information.