Jenny Siegfried, Waubonsee Community College
Cathy Kramer, Joliet Junior College/College of DuPage
Do you find yourself using a variety of web resources and wishing you had a way to keep them all together? Do your students ask you for internet resources they can use to practice at home? Do you want to do more with introducing your adult learners to the internet, but aren't sure where to start? We've had great success using Weebly.com to create websites we can use with our adult learners in a variety of ways.
Weebly is an internet-based platform that allows you to build and publish your own website for free. The first step is to create an account and do some activities to prove that you're human. Next, you'll select a theme - there are plenty to choose from! Once you choose a theme, Weebly will take you to its site editor. Here, you can edit and add text, change pictures and other elements, and customize each page of your site to suit your needs. You can also add pages and reorganize your site by clicking the "Pages" tab at the top of the editor. There IS a bit of a learning curve with using the site editor, so start simple – you can always add more once you get the hang of it!
So you've created your site and done some editing - now what? Here are some ways that we've used our Weebly sites with students:
Even with these minor issues, we have found Weebly to be an easy and rewarding way to incorporate technology use into our adult education classes. We hope you’ll give it a try! Feel free to check out our Weebly sites for inspiration:
Have you built a website for your students? Share a link in the comments!
Truman College is looking to hire an Associate Dean of Adult Education.
Please encourage talented, mission-driven individuals to apply ASAP to the Associate Dean of Adult Education position at Truman College, City Colleges of Chicago.
Check out the job description by downloading the Word document here:
Did you attend the Forum for Excellence in September or the ALRC’s Northern Region Fall Conference in November? IACEA sponsored sessions at both fall conferences.
At the Forum, Matt Beasland and Christopher McElroy presented a session called “ICAPS: Reinventing the Wheel.” In this session, they discussed the challenges of an ICAPS program and how to make it more accessible and useful to students. See the Google Slides presentation below (or click here to view in a new tab).
At the Northern conference, Jenny Siegfried and Shannon Wood presented original research looking at the benefits of using repeated reading with adult learners. While the research focused on low-intermediate adult ESL students, the benefits can be seen at almost every level of education. This session will also be presented at the upcoming IACEA conference in March! Click here to view the slides, or see the embedded slides below.
Did you attend either the Forum or the Northern conference? What was your favorite session? Leave a comment below and let us know!
Welcome to the new IACEA blog, “Voices of Adult Education!” We’ve created this space to be a way for practitioners to share best practices, feature programs and individuals, share updates from the field, and more.
If you’d like to submit an article for our blog, please email Jenny Siegfried at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris McElroy at email@example.com. Articles should be around 300-500 words and may include photos, links, slides, and more!