Are you looking for U.S. experts in adult literacy and technology to join your XPRIZE adult literacy app team? One place to find them is in the U.S. Department of Education-sponsored Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Communities of Practice (CoPs). As moderator of the Technology and Learning CoP, I invite you to join, observe and participate in discussions; use the LINCS “Search” feature to find information from documents and past discussions; or to request that adult literacy or adult ESL/ESL/ELL experts contact you, especially those who are familiar with how adult literacy and English Language learners use portable digital devices for basic skills and English language education.
Joining the LINCS Community and Groups
1. If you are not a member of the LINCS Community, visit: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/ to create an account. To complete your registration information, select Log In/Register on the far right in the light blue menu ribbon.
2. Choose an ID and password
3. Check the box indicating you agree to the Terms and Conditions. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide.
4. Click on the link in that email. You should receive a “Validation Successful “ response. It may take one or two days to approve a new registration. Wait until you receive an email that indicates that your account has been approved before logging in. Once approved, log in with your new ID and password.
5. Once logged in, click the “Join Groups” button, or “Groups” tab in the light blue horizontal navigation bar. You will be directed to a list of groups you can join. Chose the group(s) that interest you – for example Technology and Learning -- and, for each, select “join” to become a member. You may want to start with only one or two groups at first, and add others later if you wish
6. When you choose a group, you will be redirected to that group’s home page. On the right you have the option to set your Email Subscription.
7. Select Immediate from the drop down menu. You can always change this to another setting later, to 12 hour digest or 24 hour digest to get batched messages, less frequently.
8. Click Submit. Each time someone posts a message, you will receive it in your email.
Replying to a posted message
Tip: Participating in LINCS community discussions is easier if you set up your browser to automatically log in to LINCS. Typically when you register, your browser asks if you want to remember the ID and password. Agree to that. Then (at least in the Firefox or Safari browsers) when you type the first letter of your ID it suggests your whole ID and, when you accept that, it automatically enters your password.
- To reply to a message, it is best to log in to the LINCS group webpage so that you can see the discussion context in which the message was posted.
- Then, starting from the posted message in your email, note the light grey line at the top of the message beginning with “Home” and ending with “Add new comment”. Before “Add new comment” is the name of the discussion thread in which it appears. Select that.
- Then select “Leave Page”. You will now see the whole discussion beginning with the first post at the top.
- Scroll down to find the message you want to reply to, read any messages before it that provide the context, then in that message select “reply”.
David J. Rosen
Moderator, LINCS Technology and Learning CoP