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1Distance Learning Research #5:  Support


We in the classroom know that our students need teachers as facilitators.  Although students try several modes of independent learning via technology, they still need guidance and support.  That was confirmed in several research studies.

According Silver-Pecuilla and Reder's, convergence on the following items existed in several of the studies reviewed: 

Online learners and teachers need support -- pure online delivery is not best practice for adult literacy and ESOL learners (AlphaRoute, 2003;Daniels, Gillespie, Stites, & Nelson, 2004; FGRD, 1999; NCVER, 2002; Parke & TracyMumford, 2000; Porter & O'Connor, 2001; Stiles & Porter, 2006).  Support could include:

  • a facilitator for students at least some of the time;
  • student-to-student communication;
  • readily available tech support for both teachers and students; and
  • peer group for teachers of distance courses as teachers learn the new medium.

Silver-Pecuilla, Heidi and Reder, Stephen, "Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning."  NIFL, October 2009, p.21.


What type of support are both you and your distance learning students needing?  

Any thoughts? 


2.  Montana ABLE Shop Talk Summary for 11/12/09

Click here to access the Shop Talk Summary.

3.  Montana ABLE Student Highlights

Click here to read about GED graduates persevering in the Bitterroot.

Do you have any other student success stories?  Email them to MTLINCS to be posted on the Student Highlight page at .

4.  Web 2.0 Webinar on 11/18 from 4 to 5 EST:  Can Web 2.0 Save Teacher Professional Development?

Click here to register for a free webinar about Web 2.0.

The rise of interactive technology has created exciting new possibilities for teacher professional development, from facilitated online courses to social-learning communities to live multimedia presentations. Many observers now believe that, when used effectively, digital technologies could ultimately break the grip of the one-shot, drive-by workshop in schools and spur the growth of teacher-learning opportunities that are truly collaborative and job-embedded. Yet many questions remain. In this webinar, two experts will address these questions and bring you up to date on the latest ideas and trends in online teacher learning and how you can take advantage of them.

5.  TABE/COMPASS Crosswalk

Click here to see a comparison/crosswalk of the TABE and COMPASS reading, math, and writing scores.

6.  Reading/Writing Resource on the Web

Click here to access The Developmental Educators' Handbook.  This resource provides ideas for writing prompts, public domain novel library, public domain films of classic novels, and much, much more.

7.  Reading and E-books

Click here to read the New York Times article, Does the brain like E-Books?


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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101