Selected Publications & Presentations

Selected Publications

Vanek, J., King, K., Bigelow, M. (in press). Social presence and identity: Facebook in an English Language Classroom. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.

Bigelow, M., Vanek, J., King, K., & Abdi, N. (2017). Literacy as social (media) practice: Refugee youth and home language literacy at school. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Special issue: Cultural and Academic Adjustment of Refugee Youth in Educational Settings, 60, 183-197.

Vanek, J., (2017). Using the PIAAC Framework for Problem Solving in Technology Rich Environments to Guide Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators. Research to practice brief. Washington DC. American Institutes for Research.

Vanek, J. (2016). De facto language policy in legislation defining adult basic education in the United States. Language Policy, 1–25. doi:10.1007/s10993-015-9356-0

Vanek J. (2016). Book review: Blended learning for the Adult education classroom. Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education. 5(1). p. 72-75.

Vanek, J. and Johnston, J. (2015). Enhancing the digital skills of English language learners studying at a distance. TESOL Adult Education Interest Section Newsletter. March.

Vanek, J. (2014). Open educational resources: New technologies and new ways of learning. MinneTESOL JournalFall. Retrieved from http://minnetesoljournal.org/fall-2014/open-educational-resources-new-technologies-and-new-ways-of-learning

Vanek, J. (2013). Northstar digital literacy project: Community engagement initiative. Digital Life and LearningAutumn. Retrieved from http://www.digilifelearn.com/index.php/2012-04-16-16-56-07/51-the-northstar-digital-literacy-project-community-engagement-with-a-broad-reach

Reder, S., Vanek, J., & Wrigley, H. (2012). Supporting digital litearcy development in LESLLA learners. In P. Vinogradov & M. Bigelow (Eds.), Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition Proceedings of the 7th Symposium (pp. 22–41). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota. Retrieved from www.leslla.org

 Selected Presentations

Invited Presentations at Professional Meetings, Conferences, etc.

Vanek, J. (November, 2017). Fostering technology skills and tools for learning and employability for all.  Panel discussion convener and moderator. National College Transitions Conference. Providence, RI

Rosen, D., Constantakis, P., Kattan, S., Aalami, J and Vanek, J. (September, 2017). Blended learning: Leveraging technology to advance adult learning. ProLiteracy Conference. Featured presentation invited panelist. Minneapolis, MN.

Vanek, J., (April, 2017). Technology, mobility, and transnational reality: Reconsidering the speech community. Second Language Acquisition Symposium. Plenary session invited panelist. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Vanek, J. (November, 2016). Involved instruction: Leveraging technology in distance and blended learning. Preconference workshop. National College Transitions Conference. Providence, RI

Vanek, J. (September, 2016). Problem Solving in Technology Rich Environments: an approach to tech integration in ABE classrooms. Keynote. Arizona Adult Education Summer Institute: Tempe, AZ.

Vanek, J. (September, 2016). Effective online learning at your site: Making it possible for teacher involvement. Arizona Adult Education Summer Institute, Tempe, AZ.

Bigelow, M., Vanek, J., King., K. & Abdi, N. (December, 2015). Youth mediated classroom learning spaces: Translanguaging and the new Minnesota legislation supporting ELs’ native languages at school. CARLA Brown Bag, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Bigelow, M., Vanek, J., & King, K. (August, 2015). Literacy as social (media) practice: Refugee youth and home language at school.  Minnesota Center for Reading Research, Summer Literacy Workshop, St. Paul, MN.

Vanek, J. & Cytron-Hysom, T. (April, 2015). Introduction to the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment. Digital Promise/Conference on Adult Basic Education. Pre-Conference Session. Denver, CO.

Vanek, J., Bigelow, M., King, K. (November, 2014). Social media, social presence, and transnational identities among Minnesota-Somali youth. CARLA Brown Bag, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Ajax, E., Chapman, M., Gadkarnee, S., Vanek, J. (December 2013) New models for reaching students in the workplace and through technology. Time to Reskill Local Engagement Meeting of. Joyce Foundation and Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. Chicago, IL. Panelist.

Vanek, J. Distance learning for adult ESL learners: Effective practices. (May, 2012). Atlas Adult ESL Institute. Minnesota Department of Education. Presenter/Panel Coordinator.

Contributed Papers Presented at Professional Meetings, Conferences, etc.

Vanek, J., Cushing-Leubner, J., Engman, M., & Kaiper, A. (September, 2016) Vacant-Core policy: Unfounded legitimation claims in one state’s Adult Basic Education language policy. Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference, Calgary, Canada.

Vanek, J. (August, 2016). Integrating problem solving and technology into instruction. Minnesota ABE Summer Institute. St. Cloud, MN.

Bigelow, M., Vanek, J., King, K., & Abdi, N. (November, 2015) Language and learning across transnational contexts: Considering possibilities. National Council Teachers of English Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Bigelow, M., Vanek, J., King, K., & Abdi, N. (November, 2015) Literacy as social (media) practice: Refugee youth and home language at school. Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition Symposium (LESLLA), St Augustine, FL.

Vanek, J., King, K., Bigelow, M. (November, 2015) Social media for refugee teens: Creating an affirming space for identity assertions. LESLLA. St. Augustine, FL.

Bigelow, M., Vanek, J., & King, K. (November, 2015) Literacy as social (media) practice: Culturally relevant pedagogy with multilingual youth. Minnesota English Learner Education Conference. Bloomington, MN.

Vanek, J. (August, 2015) Ubiquitous technology: New venues for socially constructed identities. Somali Studies International Congress. Helsinki, Finland.

Vanek, J. (May, 2015) Response to Bonny Norton: Comments on special issues of Annual Review of Applied Linguistics 35 (2015). Discussant. University of Minnesota – Second Language Education Department Presentation. Minneapolis, MN.

Vanek, J. (May, 2015) A report of action research on technology integration for English language practitioners in Adult Basic Education. CARLA Language Teacher Education Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Vanek, J., King, K., & Bigelow, M. (November 2014) Social presence, identity, and language learning with Somali newcomers on Facebook. Minnesota English Learner Education Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Vanek, J., Cushing-Leubner, J. (August, 2014) Leveraging native languages for English language learning: Role of L1 in language and literacy development. Minnesota Adult Basic Education Summer Institute. St. Cloud, MN.

Vanek, J. (August, 2014) Online distance learning for adult ELLs: Promising instructional practice. Minnesota Adult Basic Education Summer Institute. St. Cloud, MN.

Vanek, J., Cytron-Hysom, T., Yang, P. (April, 2014) Moving forward: A case for building digital literacy and web literacy in corrections education programs.  Minnesota Region III & IV Corrections Education Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Vanek, J., Johnston, J., Hart, S., Long, D. (March, 2014) Online distance learning for English Language Learners: Promising instructional practice. TESOL Conference. Portland, OR

Vanek, J. (March, 2014) Technology integration into ESL classrooms: Developing teacher awareness. TESOL Conference. Portland, OR.

Vanek, J. (March, 2014) Digital literacy treatment in ESL programs: Workforce Investment Act II as de facto language policy. American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference. Portland OR.

Reder, S. Vanek, J. and Wrigley, H. (October 2011) Supporting digital literacy development in LESLLA learners. LESLLA Symposium. Minneapolis, MN. Panel.

Roundtable Presentations at Professional Meetings and Conferences

Vanek, J., King, K., Bigelow, M. (March 2015) Face and Facebook: Social media, identity and language learning with Somali newcomers. American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference. Toronto, Canada.

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