Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative - WI Blended & Virtual School Leaders

     Wisconsin's Digital Leader for Virtual and Blended Learning

The statewide web academy, known as the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative (WDLC) has been established pursuant to the authority granted in Wis. Stat. §115.28(53), to provide equitable access to high quality online education by offering online learning to school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, charter schools and private schools located in this state. The WDLC consists of two collaborating organizations: 1) the Wisconsin Virtual School; and 2) the Wisconsin eSchool Network.

The two organizations will collaborate with DPI to provide a single point for schools to access quality online courses, integrating them into the new student information system. Combined, these two programs provide partnership pathways for schools to provide a variety of online and blended learning opportunities.

Districts and schools interested in offering courses through the WDLC should contact:

Districts interested in the departments's partnership with the Wisconsin Digital Learning Initiatives should contact: 

Janice Mertes, Assistant Director, Instructional Media and Technology/Digital Learning, janice.mertes@dpi.wi.gov


Planning, Implementing and Administrating Digital Learning Programs

WDLC infograph for program decision-making

In addition, the WDLC helps to guide students in personalized learning technology and curriculum options.  Access a recent presentation from the Wisconsin Association of School Board conference Personalized Learning through eCollaboration providing information about services, partnerships and digital learning decision-making.


Online Programs and Virtual Schools

If you are interested in virtual programs or schools, contact your local school district first as many have virtual and online programs available. The difference between the "Online Programs" and "Virtual Schools" sections below is that the online programs usually offer courses to school districts, while the virtual schools usually offer courses directly to students. Access the DPI Resource Online Learning: A Guide for WI Schools to help you in planning, implementing and administrating your digital learning programs.

Online Programs:

Virtual Charter Schools:


Innovation Solutions for WI Students:  Digital Learning, Flexible Coursework and Innovative Programming for K-12 Students

newFostering Innovation in Wisconsin Schools - Beyond Credits and Seat Time and Toward Innovative Practices that Lead to College and Career Readiness. This guidance document is intended to facilitate school districts in understanding what is already allowed under current law, and to provide examples of innovative practices already happening across the state.


Course Options

Contact the WDLC for your WI Course Option solutions

For questions about this information, contact Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054