HOW CAN YOU GET UP TO SPEED WITH DISTANCE LEARNING?
Take a course with MN ABE Distance Learning and build a better Distance Learning program! The following courses are available:
DL Basics (online)
DL Basics is now available online HERE. This course is highly recommended for all ABE staff delivering DL. Beginning May 2015, completion will be required for all ABE managers, teachers, and support staff delivering DL.
The course provides foundational information about DL delivery. Included are seven online modules: 1) Introduction – What is Distance Learning?; 2) Curricula, Platforms, and Records; 3) Recruitment, Screening, and Orientation; Instruction; Assessment; 4) Communication and Data Collection; 5) Basic Components of Successful DL Management; 6) Statewide Resources; and 7) Final Course Assignment/Evaluation.
DL 101 and DL 102
DL 101: Designed for teachers and administrators new to distance education. This year long course combining face-to-face, online learning, and webinars allows you to build and implement a Distance Learning plan for your ABE site/program with support from experienced DL instructors and a cohort of your peers. Highly recommended.
- DL 102: These study groups are for experienced Distance Learning managers and instructors engaged in supporting distance learners and growing their Distance Learning programs. DL 101 is a prerequisite.
Both courses integrate online instruction.
Digital Literacy Integration in the ABE Classroom - Now Available!
Self-paced and online, THIS COURSE provides a framework for integrating digital literacy into the ABE classroom. Skilled instructors explain how they integrate digital literacy into a variety of classes, from ELL through advanced ABE.
World-Ed Online Self-Paced Courses
World-Ed offers a series of three free online self-paced courses related to distance learning: Introduction to Blended Learning; Introduction to Mobile Learning, and Open Educational Resources. Go here to get started, and here to self-enroll in any of these courses:
- MN Introduction to Blended Learning: This mini course introduces participants to essential and foundational information about blended learning. It includes key definitions, strategies, examples, and reflective activities primarily presented in multimedia format. The goal of the course is for teachers to have a basic understanding of the different forms of blended learning and how they might integrate them into their coursework.
- MN Introduction to Mobile Learning: Welcome to the Introduction to Mobile Learning course. This multi-media mini course introduces participants to the basics of integrating mobile devices into their classroom, distance, or blended instruction. It includes key definitions, suggested strategies, examples, and reflective activities to help teachers incorporate what they have learned into their practice. The goal of the course is for teachers to have a basic understanding of the different ways adult learners and their teachers can use flip-phones, smartphones and tablets to enhance learning both in and out of the classroom.
- MN Open Educational Resources: This mini course introduces participants to essential information about Open Educational Resources (OERs). It includes key definitions, examples and reflective activities presented primarily in multimedia format. The goal of the course is for teachers to have a basic understanding of the benefits of using OERs, know where to find them, and how to evaluate their effectiveness.