Past Workshops

For many, the value of the consortium has been exemplified by the shared discussion and the cross fertilization among states. To illustrate this, we have added below some of the topics discussed over the past 15 years:

  • The unique ways in which different states have been scaling up their distance programs
  • Issues in providing ongoing teacher professional development and ideas for keeping teachers interested and engaged
  • What workable distance policies entail
  • How to conduct research to determine proxy contact hours
  • Creative ways to use Web 2.0 technologies for professional development and to serve distance learners
  • Costs of distance learning programs, from initial pilot programs to distance education as an integrated part of adult ed offerings
  • Understanding the new NRS guidelines on reporting distance learners and developing appropriate state policies
  • Professional development for both novice and experienced distance teachers
  • New technologies for distance education
  • State data on learner persistence & achievement
  • Teacher recommendations from a national survey
  • Brainstorming strategies to improve persistence
  • Setting enrollment, persistence & achievement goals for 2007
  • From pilot program to standard practice
  • Centralizing delivery of distance education
  • Using monthly indicators to improve program performance
  • Innovations in member states: from Nicenet to mentoring
  • Curriculum survey results
  • Distance Teaching Self Assessment from AdultEd Online
  • Predicting student success
  • Using data to monitor and improve distance learning programs
  • A continuous improvement model of professional development for distance teachers: virtual support and mentoring models
  • Distance delivery models
  • State and federal policies to support distance education
  • Facilitating IDEAL’s professional development courses
  • Adjusting states’ distance learning plans