ERIC Number: ED438398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-14
How States Are Implementing Distance Education for Adult Learners. State Policy Update.
Parke, Mary; Tracy-Mumford, Fran
A recent survey of state directors of adult education reveals that 31 states include distance learning as either a current initiative, or in a future plan, to provide education delivery to adult learners. Distance learning modes employ technology in four categories: computer, video, audiographic, and telephone. Distance learning for adult learners is as effective as traditional classroom instruction when methods are appropriate to course objectives, interaction among students is built into the program, and there is ongoing teacher-student feedback through chats, bulletin boards, private mail, or a combination. Most successful distance learners are highly motivated and self-disciplined, know when to call upon instructors for assistance, and possess a serious commitment to learning, and a willingness to follow through. Policies to put a new infrastructure for distance learning into place need to address the following areas: (1) allocation of resources for developing and implementing distance education; (2) increased technology needs; (3) adjusted reporting structures for cost reimbursement and measuring student "attendance"; (4) effective models and program quality; (5) intensive training of staff; and (6) student recruitment. California and Delaware offer distance learning on a statewide level. California offers distance learning through several state Department of Education projects, including California Adult Education Distance Learning Project and the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network; Delaware offers distance learning through its virtual adult high school, Diploma-at-a-Distance. (Contains 23 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Distance Education, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Federal Aid, Literacy Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, State Aid, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Student Characteristics
National Institute for Literacy, 1775 I Street, N.W., Suite 730, Washington, DC 20006-2401. Tel: 877-433-7827 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.nifl.gov/policy/distance.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California; Delaware