A Vision for Digital Learning - Overview

This document provides statewide leadership for advancing digital learning by providing a strategic direction for pedagogy and instruction, curriculum and assessment, data and information systems, and policies and procedures. The State Superintendent’s Digital Learning Advisory Council (DLAC) has established a shared vision for digital learning in Wisconsin. Recommendations presented here are rooted in the core values of this vision:  equitable access, personalized learning, and applied and engaged learning.  

Equitable Access

Recommendations in all areas focus on providing equitable access to technology for all students, learners, and educators across the state. This includes Internet connection speeds and infrastructure support that allow learning to occur anywhere and anytime. Access to high quality digital resources, virtual instruction, and technology-enhanced learningsupported and aligned with Wisconsin’s academic standardsmust be ubiquitous.

Personalized Learning

The learner experience must be engaging, relevant, and personalized using technology with the goal of maximizing each person’s learning potential. Technology must be leveraged to directly account for the voice of the learner, whether student or teacher, in instruction. Recommendations regarding infrastructure, professional development, curriculum, assessment and leadership promote these dynamic and flexible learning formats.

Applied and Engaging Learning

Critical skills such as problem-solving, creativity and innovation, communication, and collaboration are central to being career and college ready. Driven by a desire to raise achievement and learning for all Wisconsin students to world-class levels in math, science, technology, and English language arts, students must communicate and collaborate effectively, do research, think critically and creatively, and solve problems that address the future needs of our global society, anywhere and anytime. Students must be prepared with the knowledge and the ability to apply these critical skills to succeed in college and careers.

The recommendations that follow are infused with these three core values. The strategies and actions outlined in this plan are research-based and build upon other state-level initiatives previously described. Curriculum and assessment recommendations support the implementation of Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as Wisconsin’s approach to Response to Intervention (RtI). Pedagogy and Instruction recommendations are informed by Wisconsin’s Principles for Teaching and Learning. Infrastructure and Hardware along with Data and Information System recommendations are intricately linked to the need to ensure equity in access across the entire state. Additionally, the Foundation for Excellence in Education has identified 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning. Recommended policies and procedures address these elements as well as our core values.

In addition to the three core values listed above, the council identified six critical issue areas to address. In the this section we examine the following issues:

The council's specific recommendations in each of these areas can be found under Achieving our Vision.