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 firstname.lastname@example.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 themEffective Feedback – Motivating LearnersSupporting Effective Time Management for DLersLearners' Technology or Digital Literacy ChallengesUtilizing Two DL Platforms with LearnersPrioritizing 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.