Wisconsin's Digital Leader for Virtual and Blended Learning
The statewide web academy, known as the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative (WDLC) has been established pursuant to the authority granted in Wis. Stat. §115.28(53), to provide equitable access to high-quality online education by offering online learning to school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, charter schools and private schools located in this state. The WDLC consists of two collaborating organizations: 1) the Wisconsin Virtual School; and 2) the Wisconsin eSchool Network.
The two organizations partner with DPI to provide a single point for schools to access quality online courses. Combined, these two programs provide partnership pathways for schools to provide a variety of online and blended learning opportunities.
Planning, Implementing and Administrating Digital Learning Programs
In addition, the WDLC helps to guide students in personalized learning technology and curriculum options. Access a recent presentation from the Wisconsin Association of School Board conference Personalized Learning through eCollaboration providing information about services, partnerships, and digital learning decision-making.
- WI Digital Learning Collaborative Trifold pamphlet
- Please check out our WDLC Partner Profiles featuring 15 Wisconsin School Districts.
- WDLC Infograhic
- WDLC Executive Summary
Online Programs and Virtual Schools
If you are interested in virtual programs or schools, contact your local school district first as many have virtual and online programs available. The difference between the "Online Programs" and "Virtual Schools" sections below is that the online programs usually offer courses to school districts, while the virtual schools usually offer courses directly to students. Access the DPI Online and Blended Learning Guide and Virtual Charter Schools to help you in planning, implementing and administrating your digital learning programs.
- Wisconsin Virtual School
- Wisconsin eSchool Network
- Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY)
Virtual Charter Schools List and Data:
See the DPI Virtual Charter School web page
Innovation Solutions for WI Students: Digital Learning, Flexible Coursework and Innovative Programming for K-12 Students
Fostering Innovation in Wisconsin Schools(c2017) - Beyond Credits and Seat Time and Toward Innovative Practices that Lead to College and Career Readiness. This guidance document is intended to facilitate school districts in understanding what is already allowed under current law and to provide examples of innovative practices already happening across the state.
Contact the WDLC for your WI Course Option solutions
Districts and schools interested in offering courses through the WDLC should contact:
- Dawn Nordine, Wisconsin Virtual School, (715) 453-2141, ext. 231, firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Jacobs, Wisconsin eSchool Network, (715) 431-1066, email@example.com
Districts interested in the departments' partnership with the Wisconsin digital learning initiatives should contact:
Janice D. Mertes
Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning - Digital Learning