How can we minimize the “distance” in distance learning to help students persist and feel more connected? Teaching in a distance learning program (or bringing in online curricula to support learning in a blended scenario) requires more engagement than assigning work in an online curriculum. Teaching at a distance or in a blended model does not mean turning over the instruction and assessment of learners to that online curriculum. In this Tech ‘n Tell webinar, the final in a series of three on distance and blended learning, you will learn the characteristics of involved instruction and be introduced to several assessment strategies proven useful in distance and blended learning adult education programs. The webinar will feature past research and firsthand experience from work done within the IDEAL Consortium.
These webinars are modeled after the effective Tech 'n Tell series developed by our IDEAL partners and colleagues at TCALL at Texas A & M University that provides professional development for the Texas adult education system. We are grateful for their collaborative spirit and sharing of best practices.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- Program directors, technology specialists, and teachers interested in setting up or enhancing distance and blended learning in their programs
This final Tech ‘n Tell webinar continues the work of helping you craft a pilot idea for a new or enhanced distance or blended learning program by introducing new ways of thinking about instruction and assessment in your program. First, we introduce the concept of Involved Instruction, which illustrates the characteristics of distance and blended learning instruction found to support student success and persistence. Then, we feature a range of assessment strategies that align with involved instruction and ensure that both summative and formative assessment include options that fit the diverse learning needs and assessment preferences of ABE students.
The webinar will feature select content from IDEAL’s Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook (Handbook), which addresses both administrative and instructional issues at the core of successful blended and distance education programming.
The Handbook is informed by current research, policy guidelines, and observations of effective practice documented by IDEAL Consortium members, past and present, and affiliated state leaders. The IDEAL Consortium is a nationally respected organization that helps member states establish quality, innovative distance and blended learning programs. IDEAL has served as a facilitator of collaboration and the sharing of effective practices since its inception in 2002.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Describe components of instruction and the activities of involved instructors that support learner persistence
- Describe different approaches to both formative and summative assessment in distance and blended learning