One-day Asynchronous Interview: Distance and Blended Learning with Jen Vanek on April 23
Submitted by David J. Rosen on April 9, 2019 - 11:18am
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Hello Integrating Technology and Program Management Colleagues,
On Tuesday, April 23rd, join one of three LINCS groups -- Professional Development, Integrating Technology or Program Management -- beginning mid-morning (Eastern Time) for a stimulating one-day asynchronous interview with Dr. Jen Vanek, the Director of Digital Learning and Research and Director of the IDEAL Consortium at the EdTech Center at World Education, Inc. Jen is a lead author of the IDEAL Consortium Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook, among numerous papers and reports focused on adult basic skills education. She is also an Integrating Technology and Professional Development group member.
With contributions from LINCS moderator Kathy Tracey and me, and perhaps other moderators who may join us, Jen will unpack New Models for Distance Classes in Adult Education and introduce the IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook. Distance and blended learning are teaching and learning strategies that employ online learning for engaging students in flexible online learning. Specific strategies that will be discussed focus on effective use of technology to facilitate successful recruitment, orientation, placement, assessment, and retention in a distance and/or blended learning environment.
In her role as Director of the IDEAL Consortium, Jen supports member states with growth or refinement of their distance or blended learning programming by connecting administrators and instructors across the country as they share expertise and make the best use of relevant research.
After the asynchronous interview, the conversation will continue in a discussion thread in the three LINCS Community groups.
This activity will be especially useful for professional development providers, instructors, and program managers. Participants will have a chance to reflect on their own programs and gain a better understanding of current research to integrate learnings into their own classroom practices. Examples of best practices to be showcased both during the activity and in the follow up discussion include specific strategies for proper assessment and placement of students within a curriculum /online learning options and how proper placement leads to student retention and goal achievement. Samples of orientation practices for online learners will be discussed. These orientations, when delivered well, can improve student retention.
Please post your questions or comments for Jen prior to, or at any time on April 23rd. During and following the activity on April 23rd, Kathy Tracey and I will support and facilitate discussion around the topic and invite participants to share how they are applying the models and strategies.
Please share this announcement with your colleagues! Those who are interested are asked to join the Evidence-based Professional Development Group, Program Management Group, and/or the Integrating Technology Group in the LINCS Community.
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Integrating Technology and Program Management groups