Distance Education and Distance Education Technical Assistance

In Pennsylvania, adult students may participate in distance education in two ways.

Distance-only Students

Students who are not at attending classes at their local programs (whether they are unable to or prefer distance learning) and who wish to participate in distance learning classes must do so through Pennsylvania’s Distance Learning Project. The Distance Learning Project’s website (link opens in a new window) provides information about classes and an online application.

Supplemental Distance Learning Students

Students attending classes at their local programs may request distance learning through that program to supplement their classroom instruction. Local programs may report distance learning time if students use a resource approved for distance learning. Approved resources are included in the Division of Adult Education’s Distance Learning Policy D.130 (link opens in a new window). In addition to providing the list of approved resources, Policy D.130 explains the intent and use of distance learning in Pennsylvania.

Distance Learning Technical Assistance

The Distance Education Technical Assistance Project provides support for programs as they implement supplemental distance learning and review distance learning resources for possible inclusion in the approved list. For more information, contact Chuck Klinger, cklinger@tiu11.org.


Resource Documents

IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning HandbookThe IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook is designed to help adult education practitioners set up distance programming and develop the skills to support learners studying at a distance.

Online Learning Questionnaire – This document can help agencies screen and prepare students for distance education.

Sample Distance Learning Contract – This document, developed for students studying only at a distance, defines the expectations for the student and sets the tone for success. It can be adapted for supplemental distance education students.


Websites to Support Distance Learning

Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment – This site (link opens in a new window) provides a place for students – and teachers – to assess their digital literacy skills.


Videos to Support Distance Learning

Creating Reports in Khan Academy – This video (link opens in a new window) provides step-by-step instructions for creating reports in Khan Academy.