IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook, 8th Edition

This handbook is a practical guide that supports the start-up, scale-up, and delivery of quality distance education programming.

Jen Vanek
Destiny Simpson
Jeffrey Goumas
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation
EdTech Center @ World Education
Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11, Pennsylvania
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Informational Material
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The content in this updated edition of the IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook shares strategies and resources to help programs implement distance education, blended learning, and HyFlex instruction. Whether you have years of experience as a distance education practitioner, only came to it because of the pandemic, or are entirely new to it, this guide can help you enhance your skills in providing distance education. The information shared is based on reports from programs across the United States about how they built on their pre-pandemic distance education and were spurred to innovate throughout the pandemic, a period of time that saw unprecedented growth in many forms of online learning.

What the experts say

The 8th Edition of the handbook provides clear, updated guidance on setting up distance education, blended learning, and HyFlex courses in adult education programs. The organization of the Handbook chapters reflects important programmatic considerations, including: recruitment, screening, orientation, instruction, and assessment. The guidance provided and reflection required in each chapter support the development of practical plans for distance and blended education implementation. The end goal for readers of the Handbook is crafting a distance or blended education program planning document. This edition builds on lessons learned from innovations developed in response to COVID-19 school closures, adds information about HyFlex course creation and implementation, and includes insights about attending to equity in distance education programming.

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