Ready, Set, Go: Steps to Rapidly Start Distance Learning

Ready, Set, Go: Steps to Rapidly Start Distance Learning provides guidance to adult educators on how to quickly set-up distance learning programs for their students.

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EdTech Center @ World Education
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Informational Material
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Setting up distance education usually takes planning and some pilot testing with selected students. When circumstances increase the urgency of implementing a distance education program there are eight things adult educators can do to get something going quickly:

  1. Make a communication plan.
  2. Make a list of your program’s technology resources (hardware and software) and determine your learners’ ability to access online tools.
  3. Help your learners access free or reduced cost internet and data plans.
  4. Look to see what support your state adult education leadership is offering.
  5. Get training to key staff and prep support materials for learners.
  6. Set up a remote support system.
  7. Put all learning content in one place.
  8. Locate instructional resources on sites that have curated free content.


What the experts say

Teachers may have been thrust into online instruction without sufficient preparation. They may not be computer literate themselves. It may be overwhelming for instructors to develop and deliver instruction to adult learners whose reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills may be limited. All this can be overwhelming. Ready, Set, Go: Steps to Rapidly Start Distance Learning is a brief, instructive, and accurate resource that identifies reliable tools and instructional services that individuals and programs can easily access to implement effective distance education. The most critical suggestions are those at the beginning of the resource; they include suggestions for the information teachers should gather before beginning an online class and provides ideas for curriculum.

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