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Distance Learning Dataset Training

The Distance Learning Dataset Training System, or DLDT, is an online, interactive tool that allows you to learn about NCES data across the education spectrum and evaluate it for suitability for particular research purposes. The DLDT computer-based training modules are designed to introduce you to a multitude of NCES datasets, their design, and considerations for analysis to facilitate successful analyses. The modules provide information about the specific datasets and tools needed to find published reports, explore and acquire data, create data files, and conduct analyses in selected statistical software packages. It provides instruction in how to properly use NCES public-use and restricted-use datasets. NCES data, and the DLDT modules, are appropriate for use by researchers, students, policy specialists, education professionals and anyone who is interested in student and school outcomes at all levels. The DLDT allows you to access the information you need at no cost and at your own pace.

There are two types of NCES DLDT modules available: common modules and survey-specific modules. The common modules provide information to help users understand NCES data across the education spectrum. They provide general information about NCES, its research methods, the Center’s surveys, published data products and reports, and how to access public- and restricted-use datasets. The survey-specific modules provide more detailed information about specific studies conducted by NCES, and how to use and analyze the particular datasets appropriately.

Use Internet Explorer 9.0+ and Flash Player 10 to access the full functionality of the DLDT modules. Consult the Technical Issues NCES Help documentation for additional information and helpful links for download at Contact survey-specific staff with training content inquires and questions.

Click on a title below to show the list of available modules. Then, click on any module displayed to begin.

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