Use of Distance Learning: 64% of consortia represented are already using some distance learning, and an additional 21% are delivering some significant content through distance learning.
Distance Learning Programs: The most common distance learning program used is GED-i (94%), followed by Mindqwest (47%). Other programs include preparatory program for the National Work Readiness Certificate, Skills Tutor, Lifetime Learning, take home resources, English for All (EFA), Learner Web, and USA Learns.
Distance Learning Partners: The majority of consortia do not partner with others in delivering distance learning. Of those who do, the most common partners include Workforce Centers, 21%; K12, 15%; MNSCU, 13%; and employers, 9%.
Challenges: The most common challenges identified in using distance learning include lack of follow-through by adult learners once enrolled, 83%; lack of participation by adult learners, 55%; difficulty in reaching potential learners and lack of financial resources, each 49%; teaching staff inadequately trained to use distance learning, 43%; lack of curricula or technology infrastructure, 38%; lack of knowledge regarding distance learning, 36%; uncertainty about how to use distance learning in an ABE context, 32%; and difficulties in tracking hours/post-testing adult learners using distance learning, 32%.
Resources Needed: Resources needed to expand distance learning include financial, 80%; training for staff, 69%; better ways to share experiences, ideas, etc. with other ABE programs, 56%; more approved distance learning programs from which to choose, 47%; technological support, 38%; and additional state policy development, 31%.