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Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Schools of all sizes that want to realize the benefits of digital learning will find the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative (WDLC) a helpful partner.

A student using a laptop and a student using either a laptop or tablet in a school
Still frame from WDLC Overview video.

It’s another sign that options for digital and blended learning have come a long way recently.

Two collaborators, the Wisconsin Virtual School (CESA 9) and the Wisconsin eSchool Network, are partnering with the Department of Public Instruction to manage the WDLC.

The goal is to provide a simple point of contact for school districts across the state to equitably access high quality digital learning resources.

The WDLC offers “a wide variety of both online and blended learning opportunities that Wisconsin students can enroll in, receive credit, all in their local school districts,” explains State Superintendent Tony Evers.

The collaborative’s course catalog offers more than 200 courses for districts to offer in traditional settings, online, blended, or summer school virtual learning. For the next two years, WDLC is running innovative pilot programs for schools to experiment with blended learning.

More than half of the state’s schools are now members. A new overview video describes benefits many see from joining the collaborative.

The WDLC aims to offer turn-key solutions to districts, through:

  • comprehensive administrative planning support;
  • different pathways for implementing cost effective, personalized learning options;
  • vetting of digital materials, ensuring they are high-quality, engaging, and match academic standards;
  • professional training for educators;
  • online mentor-coaches;
  • a learning management system (LMS);
  • professional learning to help teachers provide digital learning experiences to students, as well as mix and re-author digital content to personalize student learning;
  • a portal; and
  • technical support.

The WDLC digital ecosystem also includes a library of high quality Open Education Resources for instructors to add to courses or to offer as extended learning opportunities for students.

This fall, the DPI and the WDLC plan to add additional, exciting professional learning and resources to help build leadership capacity, digital learning resources, and innovative partnerships, as the refreshed Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan nears completion.