Welcome to MNABE Distance Learning
The Covid 19 pandemic, requiring adult learners to be served at a distance, has dramatically accelerated the need for distance learning. Working together, the Distance Learning Support Team and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) are providing comprehensive professional development, consultation, and support to programs statewide.
Distance Learning provides adult learners with the opportunity for structured learning outside the physical classroom. This generally involves online resources, but other resources such as paper instructional packets may also be used. The state DL policy is here.
The ability to access, understand, and utilize information in a digital context is essential to modern life. Digital literacy involves knowing how to use computers, smart phones, other devices, and the internet. It also requires being able to use these skills to find, evaluate, and use needed information in many contexts. Northstar Digital Literacy defines and teaches basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online, and the Northstar benchmarks been adopted as content standards by Minnesota ABE.
Support Services Project
The Distance Learning Support Team is funded through a Supplemental Services grant to Literacy Minnesota. Services provided statewide include professional development around implementing distance learning; developing DL practice and policy recommendations to the Minnesota Department of Education; providing tech assistance; approving teacher created courses and content; providing support for the use of state-supported platforms, and for integration of digital literacy education into ABE instruction; and development of content and updates for Northstar. The projecy participates in The IDEAL Consortium, a project of EdTech Center at World Education, a national consortium of state ABE programs working to improve
Email Support for assistance around Minnesota DL issues, and your question will automatically be routed to all DL Supplemental Services staff. The person best able to answer your question will reply promptly.