Learning the art of teaching adult basic education students at a distance

Tips & Resources

Learn about skills needed for distance teaching.  Distance and classroom teaching are different in many ways. Learn more about the specific skills involved in distance teaching and evaluate your own skills by completing AdultEd Online's free Distance Teaching Self-Assessment.

Find out about instructional strategies for blended and distance learning. Moving from a traditional approach to distance or blended learning can seem daunting to many teachers. Even for tech savvy teachers, blended and mobile learning can add another dimension that requires new skills. Teachers from member states have access to resources, courses and technical assistance, depending on their state’s level of membership.  

Match the students to the method.  Even the best teaching strategies won't work for a student who isn't suited to learn independently, online, or from a distance. Carefully screen students: assess their reading levels and talk with them about their learning styles, time management, technology access, and independent study skills. Make certain that students have the necessary skills and motivation as well as the proper support systems in place to help them succeed with their distance studies.

Communication is key.  Email or text distance students frequently to keep them engaged in their studies (and don’t forget the phone! It can be a very powerful tool). Compose communication carefully: it's harder to convey ideas clearly and in a supportive fashion virtually than face-to-face in the classroom.