What is the IDEAL Consortium?

The IDEAL Consortium, a project of the EdTech Center at World Education, Inc., is working to develop effective distance education programs for adult learners, raising the quality of blended and distance online learning across the United States through new educational technology innovations and collaborative research and practice.

For 15 years, Project IDEAL, now renamed as the IDEAL Consortium, has provided technical assistance, web-based tools, and publications to member states to help them design distance education programs based on their distinct needs, train their staff, and assess the progress of their efforts. To learn more about this transition, see the IDEAL Fact Sheet.

State-level membership will continue to ensure opportunities for leaders from different states to meet and learn from each other, gain new insight into what works, and access professional development materials. Technical support is available to members on data collection and analysis, reporting, blended learning and distance education program design, instructional strategies, and selection and use of online curricula. Research, workshop topics, and ongoing discussion respond to the needs and interests of consortium membership.

To learn more about our work click on About Us. To learn how membership in the IDEAL consortium can benefit your state, click on Member Services. To see what distance and blended learning for adult learners is all about, follow the links under Getting Started with distance and blended learning.

Jen Vanek, Director
IDEAL Consortium, a project of EdTech Center at World Education, Inc.

Steve Quann, Director
EdTech Center
World Education, Inc.