ALEX: Mobile Language Assistant for Low-Literacy Adults

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Proceedings titleMobileHCI '10 Proceedings of the 12th international conference on Human computer interaction with mobile devices and services
ConferenceMobileHCI '10 12th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, September 7 -10, 2010, Lisbon, Portugal
Pages427430; # of pages: 3
SubjectMobile computing; interface design; educational interfaces; mobile learning; assistive technology
AbstractBasic literacy skills are fundamental building blocks of education, yet for a very large number of adults tasks such as understanding and using everyday items is a challenge. While research, industry, and policy-making is looking at improving access to textual information for low-literacy adults, the literacy-based demands of today's society are continually increasing. Although many community-based organizations offer resources and support to adults with limited literacy skills, current programs have difficulties reaching and retaining those that would benefit most from them. To address these challenges, the National Research Council of Canada is proposing a technological solution to support literacy programs and to assist low-literacy adults in today's information-centric society: ALEX© – Adult Literacy support application for EXperiential learning. ALEX© has been created together with low-literacy adults, following guidelines for inclusive design of mobile assistive tools. It is a mobile language assistant that is designed to be used both in the classroom and in daily life, in order to help low-literacy adults become increasingly literate and independent.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Information Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number16931675
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