Would you like to increase access and intensity for your learners through online learning but aren’t sure where to begin? We can help! As a Massachusetts adult educator, you benefit from our state’s membership in the IDEAL Consortium, a nationally respected organization that helps member states establish quality, innovative distance and blended learning programs.
Establishing opportunities for distance and blended learning in adult education programs entails more than procuring an online curriculum and giving out login information. This Tech ‘n Tell webinar, the first in a series of three on distance and blended learning, provides guidance for “setting the stage” successful programs by introducing key definitions, orienting you to research-informed models, and illustrating the importance of taking an experimental (but incremental) approach to program development. The webinar will feature past research and firsthand experience from work done within the IDEAL Consortium.
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
We are excited to launch this first of a series of three Tech ‘n Tell Webinars which begins by “setting the stage”. We provide guidance for establishing successful programs by introducing key definitions, orienting you to research-informed models, and illustrating the importance of taking an experimental (but incremental) approach to program development.We 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.
This series of three, one-hour webinars is offered on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. We strongly recommend that you also attend the two webinars that will follow:
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Describe different models of programming that fall under the umbrella terms of distance, hybrid, and blended learning
- Articulate the importance of an experimental approach to establishing or enhancing a distance or blended program
- Identify core characteristics of a distance or blended learning pilot