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1.   Distance Learning Research #11:  Adapting Technology to Content


Springtime in the Rockies is a busy time for all Montana ABLE programs:  Standards in Action meetings, Montana’s Second ESOL conference, Leadership Academy closure, Performance-based Funding meetings, and more importantly, local graduation ceremonies.  Even with all of these things going on, MTLINCS will still continue to provide you with snippets of Distance Learning Research.  If you have a moment, email a post to share with your Montana colleagues!  


Adapting Technology to Content


Technology frees students and teachers from time and space as well as gives them access to unlimited resources. On the other hand, the technology infrastructure is not up to speed and highly susceptible to breaking down hindering the learning process as well as possibly increasing computer anxiety, the amount of time spent on a course, and information overload. These problems need to be addressed and empirically studied to effectively integrate technology into college classrooms. It is not enough to just utilize the technology, instructors must learn to successfully adapt the technology to the content. As Diane Witmer observed, the ultimate purpose of using technology in education is to enhance learning (1998, p. 164).


Layng, Dr. Jacqueline M. “Distance Learning: The Challenge and Opportunity of Online” Technology Journal of Literacy and Technology 75.  Volume 9, Number 3: December 2008, ISSN: 1535-0975


Many Montana ABLE programs are using the GED Online series along with SkillsTutor as a supplement for Distance Learning instruction.  There are many challenges that go along with providing Distance Learning for Montana ABLE students other than infrastructure problems.  Besides using various websites for GED instruction in order to “adapt the technology to the content,” ABLE programs are also matching seatwork activities, i.e. workbooks, etc. to meet students’ needs.  Adaptation occurs in many forms.




What adaptations have you made for Distance Learning?  Are there any supplemental materials that you recommend other programs try?  


Any thoughts? 

·       Email:  Click here to email MTLINCS.  OR

·       Blog:  Click here to post on the DL Blog.


2.   MT ABLE Updates:  Check out MTLINCS Calendar!


Click here to see what’s happening in Montana!   


3.   Content Standards:  Standards-in-Action



Click here in Action to learn about the new Standards in Action for Montana. 


Click here to access Montana Standards-in-Action Website.


Click here to access OVAE information about Standards in Action.  


Click here to access OVAE Standards-in-Action website.


4.   MAACE Call for Presenters


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5.   MPAEA Conference Update


MPAEA Conference in Scottsdale, AZ April 21-24. 

1.      The earlybird registration fee has been extended to April 16. 

2.      We currently have 231 registrants and 17 Vendors.

3.      Check out the pre-conference sessions with keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Brookfield!

The MPAEA Conference Site is 


6.   Transitions Presentation from COABE


Click here preconference 2010.ppt to access Sandy Goodman’s PowerPoint, Strategies and Resources to Support Transitions to Postsecondary Education, from the recent COABE conference. 



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