Aligning and Measuring PS-TREs in the OALCF

In 2011, Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) released Menial No More, a discussion paper that sparked a national dialogue about the impacts of emerging technology and how it was fundamentally changing skill requirements. The paper explored the issue of new technology and its inherent duplicity – while it makes our home and work lives easier, it simultaneously asks us solve complex problems more accurately and quickly.
The recent Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey attempted to capture and measure this domain by introducing ‘Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments’ (PS-TRE). Indeed, the domain’s importance is underscored by the strong positive correlation between PS-TRE and employment. Yet what does the domain of PS-TRE actually entail? Can it be assessed? And how can it be integrated into a classroom?  A new initiative being conducted by ESO attempts to answer these very questions.  
Funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), Aligning and Measuring PS-TREs in the OALCF will relate new developments in digital skills – particularly PS-TREs – to the OALCF curriculum. The project will work with LBS practitioners to determine practical ways to integrate PS-TREs into classroom settings. As LBS practitioners become better versed in PS-TREs and how to incorporate them into the classroom, students will be better prepared for the complex digital skills they will need as they move forward in their goal paths. 
The developed framework and tools from the project will provide the LBS practitioners with new and relevant information that has emerged from PIAAC and other related research. The final framework will include meaningful descriptors, definitions, milestones, culminating tasks, practical tasks, exercises and recommendations that will provide practitioners with a foundation to integrate into the LBS program.
For more information on PS-TREs please download our Essential Skills Bulletins at