The driving vision behind ADEC is the extension of educational content and opportunity beyond the traditional boundaries of university walls. ADEC members serve not only on-campus and on-line students, but also lifelong learners; broader domestic and international communities; and under-served populations.
Through ADEC, members engage in a teaching and learning model that epitomizes a university without barriers, allowing for open, accessible, and flexible learning. The model seeks to provide instructional delivery or access of high quality content anywhere, anytime, and to virtually anyone who seeks it. In order to achieve high quality learning endeavors, ADEC members form committees to establish best practices, institutional collaborations, marketing approaches, and international and diversity outreach.
Primary emphasis is placed on online educational and informational programs and services that fall within the scope of post-secondary institutions including community colleges, 4-year colleges, and major research universities.
The consortium draws on the best and most effective subject matter specialists and information resources to share knowledge and content with learners. ADEC programming is offered locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, and it is characterized by the following guiding principles:
- Design for active and effective learning.
Principle: Distance learning designs consider context, needs, content, strategies, outcomes and environment. Establishing best practices that can be adapted by ADEC members on a broad scale is a major goal.
- Support the needs of learners.
Principle: Distance learning opportunities are effectively and flexibly supported. Collaborations between institutions and increased diversity of the learner population can advance offerings to the individual student and increase the width and depth of learning activities provided within the consortium.
- Develop and maintain the technological and human infrastructure.
Principle: The provider of distance learning opportunities has both a technology plan and a human infrastructure. Learners, administrators, faculty, and instructional designers form a knowledge platform that benefits from an effective infrastructure to disseminate information in an optimal way.
- Sustain administrative and organizational commitment.
Principle: Distance education initiatives are sustained by an administrative commitment to quality distance education. This principle involves successful establishment of intra- and interinstitutional collaborations and implementation of best practices guidelines that facilitates collaboration by setting the same standards.
ADEC members seek to meet local, state, national, and international demands through the provision of distance education opportunities. We place equal emphasis on each of the traditional land grant imperatives: teaching, research, and service. Designed to serve diverse audiences using a variety of online communications tools, which help member institutions interact with learners domestically and internationally.