Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Verizon Launches First Online Literacy University

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Verizon Launches First Online Literacy University

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The first online university dedicated to literacy, Verizon Literacy University (VLU), was launched in May as a national online training program for people interested in supporting and volunteering their efforts toward literacy causes. The university is a collaboration of Verizon Communications, the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and ProLiteracy Worldwide. It was made possible by a $5.5 million investment by the Verizon Foundation over five years through the Verizon Reads initiative.

VLU offers a variety of free courses that vary in length depending on subject matter, though most can be completed in less than 30 minutes. Furthermore, VLU students are not required to have a background in a literacy-related field, as one of the main goals of the university is to encourage those who are considering volunteering to take action. The online courses are grouped by a user's level of experience: potential volunteer, existing volunteer, or program director and staff. The user can then choose from one of three styles of instruction: self-paced, instructor-led or blended, which combines online coursework with face-to-face training.

Besides the courses, VLU offers additional information, including the VLU Campus Center, which contains information and links to other Web sites, a bookstore of informative literacy materials, a bulletin board for news and upcoming events, and volunteer information that highlights available volunteering opportunities. …

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