Professional Development

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Distance Learning

Professional Development

for Minnesota Adult Basic Education (ABE) professionals

  • DL 101: Planning Your DL Program Strategy: Designed for teachers and administrators new to distance education, this intensive 8 month course combining face-to-face, online learning, and webinars allows you to build and implement a Distance Learning plan for your ABE site/program with support from experienced DL instructors and a cohort of your peers. The course begins in early November, with development of site plans in November-December, and monthly support webinars January-April. Approximately 25 CEUs. Facilitated by Adam Kieffer. For further information and an application form, click here.
  • Building an EdTech Strategy Tooklit (the BEST) is designed to help you develop a strategic approach to designing and implementing edtech-based routines with your learners. It will begin January 30, 2023. Over the course of the following 10-12 weeks, you will engage with a series of readings and activities that will walk you through the process of designing sustainable edtech routines based on evidence-based strategies that are centered around your learners' needs and your instructional context. Facilitated by Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt. For more information, click here.
  • HyFlex Community of Practice: Join Minnesota ABE colleagues for this series of informal meetings on Hyflex instruction this fall! Meetings will focus on sharing and building on our collective knowledge in this new instructional format that is growing in popularity. Open to all, no HyFlex experience necessary. This is an informal, facilitated group in which teachers share knowledge and experiences in teaching HyFlex classes. For more information, contact Cathy Grady.

        * December 15, 3-4 pm

  • Get to Know Google Classroom is a self-paced, asynchronous course for adult education teachers who are new to using Google Classroom, a learning management system commonly used in Minnesota schools. This course introduces teachers to the platform and walks through the steps of setting up a class, inviting learners to join the class, creating assignments, and sharing and collaborating with other teachers. The Distance Learning Team extends our sincere thanks to adult education teacher Kris Klas of the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning for sharing their original class and materials with us so that we can make them available to all adult educators in Minnesota. To join the course, go to Google Classroom, login with your Google Account, and enter class code: td3vjxb, or use the link above.
  • Distance and Blended Learning Basics for Minnesota Adult Education has replaced DL Basics. This course was designed for education providers and practitioners teaching adult basic academic skills, ESOL, and literacy at a distance and/or through blended learning; it provides strategies and resources that are essential for both setting up and implementing distance education or teaching with a blended approach. The course includes six modules: Getting Started With Distance And Blended Learning; Outreach, Screening, & Orientation: Supporting Distance Learners From The Start;  Effective Distance & Blended Learning Instruction; Assessment; MN ABE Distance Education Policy and Procedures; and Teacher Verification Model (TVM) in Practice."  
  • Northstar Digital Literacy Foundations provides an introduction to the Northstar Digital Literacy standards and how they can be integrated into any adult education course.  The Northstar standards are one of three required sets of content standards for adult education in Minnesota (along with the College and Career Readiness Standards and the ACES-TIF standards).  This course is intended for Minnesota Adult Education teachers, managers, program coordinators, and anyone in a role supporting learners or staff with digital literacy instruction (e.g., curriculum specialists, distance learning coordinators, technology integration specialists, digital navigators, volunteer tutors, etc.).  Participants will earn 5 CEUs upon completion
  • BASE SEL Courses Overview: Tuesday, November 29, 2:30-4:00 pmRegister here. Attend this training to learn about the new BASE SEL (social and emotional learning) courses for Minnesota Adult Education. Courses are available for learners as well as for staff and cover a wide variety of topics, including: Mindfulness, Motivation, Anxiety, LGBTQIA issues, Digital Citizenship and Safety, and Suicide Awareness and Prevention. These online courses are available at no additional charge for Minnesota Adult Education teachers and learners.
  • MobyMax Webinar #1: NewMoby/OldMoby Transition & Reports Overview for All Staff: Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 3:30-4:30 pm. Register here. This session will help teachers who were familiar with the ClassicMoby layout to transition to the NewMoby interface. We will also discuss important reports that allow teachers and program staff to track usage (time on task for distance learning proxy hours) and learner progress (standards and skills mastered).
  • MobyMax Webinar #2: Moby 101 for Teachers: Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 3:30-4:30 pm. Register here. This session is designed for teachers who are new to using MobyMax as a distance learning platform. It offers a brief overview and discusses how the platform's adaptive algorithm works. We will also learn how teachers can assign lessons and set up their Moby classroom using customizable settings.
  • MobyMax Webinar #3: Assignment Workshop: Thursday, January 19, 2023, 3:30-4:30 pm. Register here. This session will explore many of the assignment types available to teachers in the MobyMax library. We will discuss where teachers can preview the assignments designated by the adaptive algorithm and how teachers can assign their own skills. We will also investigate various tools for direct instruction during synchronous class time, including Whiteboard Activities, Interactive Lessons, and Quick Questions. Finally, we will discuss one assessment (Skill Checker) that allows teachers to check for understanding about specific skills and remediate them easily.
  • MobyMax Webinar #4: Progress Monitoring: Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 3:30-4:30 pm. Register here. In this session, we will discuss how teachers can review learner progress and results. We will also examine specific reports that allow teachers to track learners’ time on task as well as standards and skills mastered.

"Before the course I wasn't sure whether distance learning was something I could comfortably tackle. Now, though I have just been introduced to it, I feel that it is something I want to try. Why not, for crying out loud!"

- Satisfied participant

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World-Ed offers a series of three free online self-paced courses related to distance learning: Introduction to Blended Learning; Introduction to Mobile Learning, and Open Educational Resources. Go here to get started, and here to learn how to self-enroll in any of these courses:

  • MN Introduction to Blended Learning: This mini course introduces participants to essential and foundational information about blended learning. It includes key definitions, strategies, examples, and reflective activities primarily presented in multimedia format. The goal of the course is for teachers tunderstand the different forms of blended learning and how they might integrate them into their coursework.
  • MN Introduction to Mobile Learning: Welcome to the Introduction to Mobile Learning course. This multi-media mini course introduces participants to the basics of integrating mobile devices into their classroom, distance, or blended instruction. It includes key definitions, suggested strategies, examples, and reflective activities to help teachers incorporate what they have learned into their practice. The goal of the course is for teachers to understand the different ways adult learners and their teachers can use flip-phones, smartphones and tablets to enhance learning both in and out of the classroom.
  • MN Open Educational Resources: This mini course introduces participants to essential information about Open Educational Resources (OERs). It includes key definitions, examples and reflective activities presented primarily in multimedia format. The goal of the course is for teachers to understand the benefits of using OERs, know where to find them, and how to evaluate their effectiveness.