with Lesley Farrell, Chris Corbel and Trent Newman: Language and Literacy Research Hub, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Friday 12-1pm August 28, 2020.

No fee but preference is given to ACAL members.

This webinar workshop is inspired by Literacy 4.0 Project researchers Lesley Farrell, Chris Corbel and Trent Newman and their recent paper Literacy and the workplace revolution: a social view of literacy work practices in Industry 4.0.

The workshop gives participants practical insights into what Literacy 4.0 means for adult literacy and numeracy teachers, especially in relation to recent technological shifts in education.

We’re hearing a lot about how technology and artificial intelligence is transforming work. It seems like a relentless mechanical process. But Farrell, Corbel and Newman argue that AI’s transformation of work is a social as much as technological process. They find that

new literacy practices are forged in the social and political turmoil of periods of transformation, but they do not exist in isolation as discreet work-related skills with predictable and linear consequences. Literacy practices are produced by the entirety of the social conditions of which they are a part (pp. 4-5)

We’ve seen shifts in all processes of work caused by new technology; new timetables, new workspaces, new work identities and relationships with workers and tools. The sudden shift to new work practices has seen people scramble to forge new relationships with technology, home and work.

Teachers have complex relationships with literacy practices and technological change. Moving online means adjusting to different ways of monitoring the learning process and seeing whether students are on the right track. So, is it time to move beyond measurable, routines literacy tracks and create ways for ‘soft skill’, relationship-oriented literacy practices requiring human creativity, innovation and collaboration to traverse our new hyper-connected work spaces?

Join ACAL to learn more from Lesley Farrell, Trent Newman and Chris Corbel about digitisation, artificial intelligence and the workplace revolution and what these technological shifts mean for literacy and numeracy education in the future.

Due to its practical workshop format, the session will be capped at 25 participants. To get the most out of the session participants will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the article which will be provided after receipt of registration before the webinar.

Farrell, L., Newman, T. & Corbel, C. (2020). Literacy and the workplace revolution: a social view of literate work practices in Industry 4.0, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2020.1753016

A Zoom link will sent before the event.

The event is free however, as numbers are limited to 25, preference is given to ACAL members.

Not able to attend? We plan to record the event and make it available afterwards, but remember it is a practical workshop.

How to take part

The event will be conducted using Zoom.

Prior to the event you’ll be emailed a link which is for your exclusive use. To join the event you will need to click on the link and follow the onscreen instructions.

Pre-event checkup

It is your responsibility to check your Zoom set up well in advance of the webinar.

You’re urged to test your settings and obviously it’s best if it’s the same device and service you intend to use while participating in the webinar.

Audio test

Video test

You can also join a ‘Test meeting’ at https://zoom.us/test

During an event

The same links show how to test and adjust audio and video during the event.


The event will be recorded and made available to participants.