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February 29, 2008


Online Training Update

Editor:  Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt, Educational Technology Trainer,, 651-645-2277 ext. 224


In this Issue



Take Another Look at Online Training!


At the Minnesota Literacy Council we strive to provide the most relevant and accessible online training opportunities.  That commitment has MLC online training developers constantly working to improve existing courses and develop new course offerings.  We hope you will take another look at online training and consider how you can use it to strengthen your literacy program.


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Online Training Registration Process Streamlined


Registration for MLC online training is now as easy as 1-2-3!  1:  Go to and click Create new account in the Login box.  2:  Complete the simple registration form.  3:  Confirm your registration by clicking the link in the confirmation email message.


You now have access to all the online trainings—no course enrollment key is needed.  Just click the link for the course you wish to enroll in.


The registration process takes about five minutes to complete.


Online training is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is entirely self-access.  There’s no need to contact the instructor—just login and start your online learning experience.


ESL Classroom Volunteer Training Updated


Burgen Bourne-Nisson, ESL Training Coordinator at MLC, has revised and expanded the ESL Classroom Volunteer online training.  Using new tools for online learning, the course now allows participants to connect with each other for discussions of course content.  Ms. Bourne-Nisson has further revisions under way, including a new unit on techniques for “Floating” in an ESL classroom and improved methods of instructor feedback and assessment.  Revision of the course will be complete by March 31st.


ESL Training Coordinator and online training developer, Burgen Bourne-Nisson.


New Courses Under Development for July 2008


Eight new online courses are currently under development and scheduled for release in July of 2008.  The new courses will include offerings for volunteers, teachers, and administrators.  The new courses are:

·         ABE/GED Classroom Volunteer Training

·         Beginning Reading Instruction

·         Fundamentals of Curriculum Development

·         Literacy-Level ESL

·         Multi-Level Instruction

·         New Manager Orientation

·         New Teacher Orientation

·         Understanding CASAS for Student Success


We encourage you to revisit the online training site at in July to see what’s new!


Connect with Colleagues Online with ABE Discussion Boards


The MLC Online Training site also features a variety of discussion boards for ABE professionals.  Use them to connect with colleagues around the state, share your experiences and benefit from the experiences of others.  The ABE Discussion Boards are open to guest users, so registration is not required.  Just click, read, and contribute!  We look forward to “talking” with you online at!




MLC is currently planning a series of Practitioners’ Circles, using a hybrid model of face-to-face meetings and online discussions.  Look for an announcement in the spring of 2008, or for information about beginning a Practitioners’ Circle in your area, contact Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt at 651-645-2277 ext. 224 or




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