MN ABE Distance Learning 102 Course Application
Hi and welcome to the 2018/19 DL 102 course application!
This form must be completed before September 15, 2018. Renada Rutmanis will contact you by September 19 to confirm your participation.
*Please read all of this section before starting the application.
**This form will take approximately 10-15 minutes to read and complete.
***If you encounter a required question that isn't applicable for you/your program, just write 'N/A' or 'None' in the response box.

The purpose of this professional development (PD) initiative is to build the capacity of MN ABE consortia to offer quality distance learning (DL) opportunities for their ABE learners based on established best practices.

This PD initiative is supported by Saint Paul ABE/MLC’s DL Supplemental Services grant for 2018-2019. Any questions regarding the eligibility requirements or application and review process should be sent to Renada Rutmanis (St. Paul ABE) at renada.rutmanis@spps.org or 651-744-7556.

DL 102 eligibility requirements:
1) Anyone who has completed DL 101 (in any year).
2) Commitment to full participation and completion of online work which includes reading and responding weekly to questions and discussion from your peers and the facilitator, participating in a couple webinars, and piloting suggestions from peers with your learners.
3) Attend a half day, face to face cohort kickoff in St. Paul on Friday October 5, 2018.

DL 102 Application and Review Process:
3) The DL/Tech Supplemental Services Grant Team will review all required application materials and notify selected participants by September 19, 2018.

Distance Learning 102 Course Content:
DL Instructional Issues:
Distance or blended/hybrid learning teachers who have some experience teaching online or working in their DL program will spend several weeks focusing on how to best support their learners and DL program. Each participant develops a case study describing an instructional or programmatic challenge. Together the cohort discusses each of the case studies, suggests solutions, and builds an online "community of practice" that remains available as a resource after the course is done. Through the discussion, each participant arrives at a few ideas to pilot. After a month (or more) of piloting, each participant reports on their success/challenges in a final webinar. There may be an additional check-in/support webinar mid-course.

Examples of previous DL 102 participants' issues:
Communication – F2F versus email and how best to keep track of them
Effective Feedback – Motivating Learners
Supporting Effective Time Management for DLers
Learners' Technology or Digital Literacy Challenges
Utilizing Two DL Platforms with Learners
Prioritizing hybrid/blended teacher tasks and time

Timeline: (*This will be shortened or lengthened depending on how many participants we have.)
• Kick-Off in St. Paul – half day in-person meeting on Friday October 5, 2018 at the Minnesota Literacy Council offices in St. Paul. Discuss our common instructional issues/questions. Bring, talk through or brainstorm possible case studies based on our questions, problems. Begin writing case studies in the online course. Explore and get comfortable with the online course.
• Late October - Webinar to share and review case studies topics and stay acquainted.
• Early November - *Begin weekly online discussions, focusing on a single case study per week.
• December - Webinar to discuss strategies and piloting priorities.
• January - Participants try out the strategies that emerged from case study discussion and suggestions. Complete a report on results.
• Early February - Presentation webinar - share results/successes/challenges from pilot. Course is complete; complete course evaluation, award CEUs.

Email address *
Your First and Last (or preferred name) *
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ABE Consortium *
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ABE Program Name (if different from consortium name) *
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School District (if applicable)
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Your work phone number: *
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Your work mailing address: *
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Have you completed DL 101? *
Approximately how many learners does your program serve per week? *
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Approximately how many learners does your program currently have enrolled in some form of distance learning each month? *
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Approximately how many DL hours does your program generate each month? *
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Which distance learning platforms do you currently use? *
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What is the most common distance learning model at your site? *
Approximately how many instructors and staff do you have engaged in distance learning, including hybrid or blended classes? *
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With which learner groups/types have you tried distance learning? *
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Please write a short paragraph describing how you currently 'do' distance learning. For example, how do you recruit learners? How do you orient them? How do you screen for good candidates? How do you follow up with them? How do you assess them? What do you do well? What are your challenges? *
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Please write a short paragraph about what you hope to achieve in the area of distance learning over the next couple years. What are your DL goals? What targets would you like to hit in terms of enrollment numbers or proxy hours? What would a successful DL program at your site/program look like? *
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Please write a short paragraph about the DL platform(s) you are most interested in and the target learner population(s) you are most eager to reach with your DL efforts. *
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Do you have about an hour a week to devote to reading and responding to posts in an online course for the duration of the course? *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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