Workplace and educational technology ecosystems are continuously expanding and evolving, so it is no longer sufficient to teach learners basic computer skills. Teachers and students alike need to be nimble, lifelong learners.

Teachers must be sure that learners can creatively use technology to solve problems they encounter in their daily lives. In order for teachers to provide ample opportunities for learners to do this, they themselves need strong foundational digital literacy skills and the capacity to creatively draw on them to craft meaningful instructional activities. Blended instructional models, which provide opportunity for both in-class and independent online learning, can be a powerful means by which to support a paradigm shift from teacher- to student-centered education when practitioners are trained in ways students can use technology to collaborate, solve problems, and communicate ideas, rather than being passive consumers of information.

The Program Support PD Center will support practitioners by providing information on user-friendly, free, and low-cost educational technology tools, as well as an understanding of the optimum conditions, audiences, purposes, and best practices for using them effectively.

Please be sure to check out our:

  • Distance Education Resources page, which includes resources for Zoom in seven languages and the Distance Education Planning Template. 
  • Zoom Resources page, with links to our 7-minute Zoom Tutorial video and Zoom Student User Guides and videos in six languages.

Digital Literacy and Distance Education: Upcoming Events

10/29/2020

Distance Education and Blended Learning Coffee Hour (and a Half) Series (Webinar)

How are you doing with your dive into distance education and blended learning? These Coffee Hours are for you to...

11/17/2020

Expanding Access through Distance and Blended Education Module 2: Opening Your Doors: Recruitment, Screening, and Orientation (Online)

Note: This course series was updated this fall to reflect the most recent research-based practices in use during the pandemic...

01/12/2021

Expanding Access through Distance and Blended Education Module 3: In the Class: Instruction and Assessment (Online)

Note: This course series was updated this fall to reflect the most recent research-based practices in use during the pandemic...

Digital Literacy and Distance Education: Resources, Research and Curriculum

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Thanks to our colleagues at Community Action, Inc. for sharing this Zoom User Guide in Spanish they developed for students.

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Thanks to our colleagues at Community Action, Inc. for sharing this Zoom User Guide in Arabic they developed for students.

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Thanks to our colleagues at Community Action, Inc. for sharing this Zoom User Guide in Portuguese they developed for students.

Digital Literacy and Distance Education: Our Team

Project Coordinator
Project Associate
Distance Education and Digital Literacy PD Coordinator
IDEAL Consortium Director