Video Transcript: Introduction to Workplace Essential Skills

The screen shows the adult education landing page, with icons for Fast Forward and Workplace Essential Skills options, then zooms in on blue icons for Workplace Essential Skills

Speaker 1 says:        Welcome to KET's Workplace Essential Skills, an online study system featuring contextualized targeted math and language arts lessons, as well as a soft skills component, all designed to help prepare learners to apply these skills in the workplace. When you log in to Workplace Essential Skills, you will see the course homepage, called the dashboard. From there, you can access your career sector and core subjects, as well as some other features we'll cover later.

The screen pans down to screen customization options on the lower right and a mouse clicks on different color options to change the background color.

Speaker 1 says:        If reading on a white screen strains your eyes, you can change the background color the screen at any time by clicking on one of the circles in the sidebar. Let's look at a course.

The screen switches to the front page of the Transportation and Logistics Math course, which shows a video and navigation options. The mouse clicks to start playing a clip of the introductory video

Speaker 1 says:        Many subjects begin with a video introduction. "What exactly is logistics? In the business world, it's the management of the flow of goods from their point of origin to the customers. In today's fast paced world, more and more shipments of materials require land, sea, and even air transportation. Everyone who assists with the package's journey along the way needs strong math skills to be successful at their jobs."

The mouse clicks on the blue “how to” box, opening a list of steps on the page. The mouse points to various links on the page as the narrator explains them.

Speaker 1 says:        Click on the blue box that says "click here to learn how to take this course." Take this course for step by step instructions on how to proceed. There are five lessons available in math and five lessons in language arts. This page also provides links to pretests and posttests. You have access to all of the lessons in any course, but once you take the pretest, you'll be provided with a study plan to guide you through the lessons you need the most.

        The screen zooms in on the links for the Pretest and Study Plan at the top of the screen beneath the intro video, then back out to the full index page of the course. The mouse highlights different links on the page as the narrator names and explains them. The screen switches to a page from a math lesson. Different pages from the lesson appear as the narrator lists them.

Speaker 1 says:        There are plenty of opportunities to practice in each course. Each lesson, like Number Sense, includes several practice questions throughout. There is also a five question review at the end of each lesson. A posttest is available and recommended after completion of all math and language arts lessons. Lessons, which are broken up into individual skills, give several instructional pages with examples, glossary terms, interactive media that allow for hands on practice of a concept, and video explanations. .

The screen shows a lesson page with an instructional video and plays a clip from it.

Speaker 2 says:        "You may have heard this called 'carrying,' but it means the same thing. Here's how regrouping works. First, add the numbers in the ones column, which have a sum of 13. Because you cannot put more than one digit in a place value, you leave the ones digit of the sum under the ones place and move the tens digit up to the top of the tens column. Then you add the tens value column, including the digit that was regrouped there. In this case, one plus seven plus one equals nine. Now let's look at another situation that requires addition with regrouping."

The screen moves to a lesson page on addition and subtraction and plays a clip of a video of employees in the field working and talking.

Speaker 1 says:        Videos feature current industry workers explaining the importance of the subject to their everyday work.

Speaker 3 says:        "I do use a lot of basic math in my every day work, typically with item counts and when a customer sends over a request for a certain amount of an item. Say a case of a product has 18 pieces in it. Typically we do ship just by the entire box, which is the full 18 pieces, but if they do send over a request for say, only 10 pieces, or only six pieces, we do need to be able to do the basic math to change the order to those numbers."

The screen switches to a lesson page featuring a workplace document. The mouse opens a side panel from the icon at the top left and shows student tools that are available as the narrator explains them. The mouse selects “My Grades” from the menu and opens the student grade book.

Speaker 1 says:        Additional activities feature authentic workplace documents. Throughout the course, a calculator and a highlighter are available. You'll find several options to enhance your learning experience. You can hear the text read aloud in English or you can select another language, look up a word, or even download for later listening. Also on the left side bar is My Grades. Select this to view scores on the pretest, lesson reviews, and the posttest.

The screen returns to the index page of the course. The mouse highlights the Posttest link and then the Certificate link, which opens to show a sample certificate of completion.

Speaker 1 says:        When you achieve a score of at least 90% on the posttest, you will receive a printable certificate of completion. And that's it! Thank you for visiting Workplace Essential Skills.

The screen ends on the Workplace Essential Skills logo, with logos below it for KET Education, American Graduate, and CPB, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.