WHYY's Adult Learning Service helps individuals meet the demands of today's
increasingly competitive workforce by making personal
and professional enrichment opportunities available
where and when it is convenient for them. The Adult
Learning service accomplishes this through Web-based
initiatives; adult basic education initiatives;
and WHYY Advantage.
Designed and developed by WHYY���s Adult Learning
Service in collaboration with higher education distance
learning professionals, CollegeAnywhere is a unique
multimedia service that connects colleges and universities
throughout the country with an extensive library
of educational video content. Part of WHYY's mission
to support life long learning, CollegeAnywhere video
topics include English composition, foreign languages,
economics, art, mathematics and more. Benefits of
the CollegeAnywhere include the ability to operate
on both PCs and Macs, and availability via dial-up
or broadband. CollegeAnywhere programs are ADA compliant,
and can be seamlessly integrated into any course
management system. The service also features user-defined
book marking, which allows faculty to select multiple
segments of video to highlight. In all cases, CollegeAnywhere
streams are available to students any time and anywhere.
An initiative of both WHYY's
Children's Service and Adult Learning service, eLearning
Delaware is a Web-based professional development
resource for educators in the First State. eLearning
Delaware provides online professional development
courses, designed to meet high-priority needs for
Delaware educators, with particular emphasis on
teachers from eligible at-risk schools and districts.
The courses expand upon a teacher's content knowledge;
improve statewide teacher quality and current teaching
practices; and will subsequently increase student
eLearning Delaware is the implementation of the eLearning for Educators
initiative, a project funded through a U.S. Department
of Education "Ready To Teach" grant. The $22 million,
five-year grant was awarded to nine state education
agencies and associated public broadcasting stations.
WHYY's eLearning partners are the Delaware
Center for Educational Technology and the Delaware
Department of Education.
Adult Basic Education Initiatives
WHYY was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to translate the popular GED Connection videos (in partnership with Kentucky Public Television) into Spanish. The programs will be distributed nationally to help Spanish-speaking communities pursue their education. WHYY will work with local civic organization Congreso De Latinos Unidos to distribute these programs throughout the Delaware Valley.
WHYY Advantage Projects
Working with Jewish Employment and Vocational Services (JEVS) of Greater Philadelphia, SoftAssist, which develops customized online learning solutions, and the Philadelphia Parking Authority, WHYY Advantage produced Gold Star Service, an online guest service training program, which is now mandatory for all city cab drivers.
Additional Advantage productions included taping and production of the Haverford Trust's Annual Investors' Conference; the WHYY Advantage CEO Forums; the Association for Frontotemporal Demetia (AFTD) conference, which featured WHYY's Dr. Dan Gottlieb as the event's keynote speaker; and the What's News project, which was a Web-based program moderated by Dr. Jarice Hanson of Temple University.
In the next fiscal year, WHYY's Adult Learning Service
will continue to cultivate new partnerships that
will help leverage our strengths as a national leader
in adult learning and workforce professional development,
ensuring that individuals and organizations throughout
the country are performing to their full potential.
Upcoming projects include implementing an educational
television system, along with GED and workforce
training, and Children's Service workshops for prisoners
within the Philadelphia Prison System; continued
work on the multi-year GED Connection Spanish
translation; working with local organizations to
develop the region's workforce; and a higher education
collaborative project that will determine how public
television stations can best serve the content needs
of higher education institutions.
Advantage Productions will focus on helping local organizations create and produce high-quality marketing and communications videos.