• IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook, 8th Edition
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 | Setting the Stage
  • Chapter 2 | Recruitment
  • Chapter 3 | Assessing Readiness
  • Chapter 4 | Orientation
  • Chapter 5 | Instruction
  • Chapter 6 | Assessment
  • Chapter 7 | Administrative Issues
  • Appendix A: Tools to Assess Learner Readiness and Supports Needed
  • Appendix B: Tips for Teaching Distance or Blended Learning
  • Appendix C: Description of an Effective Teacher
  • Appendix D: Computer Skills Assessment for Teachers
  • Appendix E: Using Webinars in Distance Education Pilots
  • Abstracts
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    IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook, 8th Edition

    EdTech Center @ World Education

    Table of Contents

    The 8th Edition of the IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook provides guidance on setting up distance education, blended learning, and hyflex courses in adult education programs. The organization of the Handbook chapters reflects important programmatic considerations, including: recruitment, screening, orientation, instruction, and assessment. The guidance provided and reflection required in each chapter support the development of practical plans for distance and blended education implementation. The end goal for readers of the Handbook is crafting a distance or blended education program planning document. This edition builds on lessons learned from innovations developed in response to COVID-19 school closures, adds information about hyflex course creation and implementation, and includes insights about attending to equity in distance education programming.
    Jen Vanek

    EdTech Center@World Education

    Jen Vanek directs the IDEAL Consortium at the EdTech Center@World Education, implements the field testing of technologies designed to support adults with basic skills needs, and provides PD and technical assistance to improve and expand opportunities for distance and blended learning in adult literacy and ESOL programs. She received her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction/Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota. She’s been working in the field of adult literacy since receiving her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1995. Her recent work centers on creating online content for Adult Basic Education (ABE) learners and supporting the professional development of ESL and ABE teachers in the area of digital literacy, distance learning, and adult career pathways.
    Destiny Simpson
    Destiny Simpson has worked in the adult education field for almost two decades. She started as a volunteer tutor and then became a teacher, program manager, and professional developer. In her role as a consultant for the EdTech Center@World Education, she helps to develop and facilitate courses, plan the annual IDEAL Consortium Summer Institute, and create resources for adult education organizations to use as they plan and implement distance education programs. She has a Master's Degree in Adult Education and Communications Technology.
    Jamie Harris

    World Education Inc.

    Jamie Harris is Digital Skills Senior Technical Advisor at the EdTEch Center of World Education. She works on national projects that draw on her strengths in digital literacy instruction, ESOL and adult education teaching and PD, and immigrant integration. Jamie comes to World Education from the Maryland Department of Labor Adult Instructional Services Team where she served as the Adult Education Program Specialist and supported Title II programs with Technology Integration. Jamie led the development of a Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners and a Digital Literacy Framework Instructor Implementation Guide. She has also served adult learners as faculty and coordinator in multiple states and overseas. Jamie has a Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies and a Masters of Education.

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