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.