Distance Learning Technology Resources



Technology continues to expand access to healthcare for traditionally underserved populations. So, too, can it be a tool for training professionals across multiple locations. While a number of LEND programs have successfully incorporated distance learning approaches into their curricula, others have expressed through a variety of mechanisms (needs assessments, progress reports, etc.) a desire to build their knowledge base in this area, thereby increasing their capacity to engage non-traditional trainees and those outside major metropolitan centers.

To develop this "package" of resources, ITAC built on an initial project proposal from the Virginia LEND and subcontracted with Dr. Frances Smith, an independent education consultant and Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University whose vast expertise includes universal design for learning (UDL), instructional and assistive technology, social media in education, and web access. The documents below were designed to support the increased use and effectiveness of distance learning technology across the LEND network. However, the information has relevance for training programs in the healthcare field and beyond.


LEND Network Analysis Report

This report, which is based on 2016 survey data and qualitative interviews with Directors and Training Directors, provides a snapshot of how distance learning technologies and resources are used by faculty and staff across LEND programs. It reviews programs' experiences with different types of instructional approaches and tools, summarizes major needs, and offers six recommendations that apply to both individual programs and the network as a whole.

pdf File  LEND Network Analysis Report (463KB) [download]

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Distance Learning Tools

This comprehensive resource breaks down the types of distance learning tools that programs are (or could potentially be) using across the spectrum of training activities. Each section listed below includes information about the software, tools, platforms, etc. which support that specific functionality, such as: ease of use, typical costs, reported use by LEND programs, and accessibility features.


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Accessibility Resources

This document describes the different types of accessibilty features that can be incorporated into distance learning tools and offers several suggested resouces for each. It also includes a list of national resources that can support best practices with respect to accessible technology and universal design.

pdf File  Accessibility Resources (175KB) [download]

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Common Technology Supports

This table identifies the different types of supports (personnel and resources) that LEND programs have in place to help with the implementation and ongoing administration of distance learning tools.

pdf File  Common Technology Supports (109KB) [download]

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Professional Learning and Design Resources

This brief document provides links to organizations (and associated initiatives) that are leaders in online learning. Many offer free tip sheets, instructional videos, and other practical resources that can support curriculum development.

pdf File  Professional Learning and Design Resources (134KB) [download]

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Open Education Tools and Resources

This document links to a number of learning and instructional tools that are free and openly available.

pdf File  Open Education Tools and Resources (162KB) [download]

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This work was supported by a cooperative agreement (#UA5MC11068) between AUCD and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of MCHB, the Health Resources Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the U.S. Government.