Planning a Distance Program

Distance education doesn't just happen - it requires careful planning and ongoing experimentation

Tips & Resources

Assess Internet access. Who’s Online Where (WOW) helps programs and state leaders assess the existing availability of resources and plan expansion of digital learning efforts by providing community estimates of household internet use and broadband access.

Test the waters first. Start with a few, carefully selected pilots to learn what works. The knowledge gained can help shape a larger program. > Read about implementing a distance learning program

Grow in Cycles. Teachers and programs need to experiment to learn the best ways to deliver distance and blended learning. Six to twelve month cycles work well. A typical cycle begins with training (1-2 mos.) followed by use of new instructional strategies supporting DE or blended learning for 4-8 months. Continuous evaluation of progress and using data to adjust your plan for each cycle ensures strong program development. > Explore how to begin the evaluation process

Provide Professional Development. Teachers and administrators need new skills for distance education. Provide training before and during program implementation to ensure program success. > Find out about training

What Works

A Success Story in Ohio. Through careful planning, evaluation, and program adjustments over four years, Ohio tripled the number of distance learning students served and reduced the cost by two-thirds.
> Learn how Ohio developed its distance program