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About Us 

Our Mission

Our mission as the NYS Distance Learning Consortium is to provide opportunities, services, and professional development related to distance learning and e-learning. Using 21st century learning technologies and solutions, we enrich student learning by enhancing and expanding the traditional role of education through virtual environments. 

What is Distance Learning?

"Distance learning” has come to mean far more than simply sharing information across a geographic distance. With many definitions of distance learning such as e-learning (computer-based online learning), video based (interactive videoconferencing), and voice based (Webinar), distance learning helps bridge the gap in educational opportunities and enhances educational learning experiences for students, teachers, and communities.
Distance Learning Opportunities
  • Provide Courses
    • High School
    • College and Graduate Level
    • Professional Development
  • Provide Enrichment
    • Museums
    • Science Centers
    • Zoos
  • Connect Students with Experts
    • Business
    • Government
    • Scientists
  • Encourage Peer-to-Peer Interactions
    • School-to-School
    • Teacher-to-Teacher
    • Community Members
Benefits of Distance Learning
  • Enables districts to offer courses to their students that they might not otherwise have access to.
  • Provides flexibility in scheduling of courses.
  • Allows students to take college level courses without leaving their building.
  • Expands course offerings to students through videoconferencing or online courses.
  • Enables students to learn and operate in a setting that is comfortable to them.
  • Enhances creativity and collaboration.
  • Encourages differentiated instruction.
  • Allows students to be exposed to experts around the globe.
  • Breaks down geographic barriers to education, bridging communities together.
New York State Distance Learning Consortium Vision
  • In support of the educational community in the 21st century, the New York State Distance Learning Consortium intends:
  • To assist districts in providing access to quality technological resources for all faculty, staff and students.
  • To research, access, and share state-of-the-art technology to effectively and efficiently adapt to rapid advancements in technology.
  • To foster creativity and critical thinking through global connections by providing the medium to connect with ease.
  • To expand educational opportunities to students through videoconference realtime courses, college level courses, and online learning opportunities.
  • To be nationally recognized as leaders in educational technology resources to improve teaching and learning.
  • To share courses, collaborative projects, information, and best practices throughout the NYS consortium to help provide memorable educational experiences.
  • To develop partnerships and collaborative efforts with other organizations (Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA), Model Schools, NYSED, etc.) to improve technological opportunities.

Our Members
Capital Region BOCES
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES
Dutchess BOCES
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Erie #1 BOCES
Erie #2 BOCES
Genesee Valley BOCES
Greater Southern Tier BOCES

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Lower Hudson RIC
Madison-Oneida BOCES
Monroe 1 BOCES
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
Nassau BOCES
Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES
Orange-Ulster BOCES

Orleans-Niagara BOCES
Oswego County BOCES
Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
Sullivan BOCES
Ulster BOCES
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES
Western Suffolk BOCES