About DETA

A thriving community dedicated to promoting student access and success through research driven practice.

The National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee was established in 2014 by funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).  DETA supports solving problems of research and practice in the field to improve access and success for all students and learners.  DETA guides instructional and institutional practices by translating findings into practice, conducts and supports research at the course, program, institutional and cross-institutional levels for 2-year and 4-year institutions of higher ed, scales studies beyond the classroom to better inform effective practices, and disseminates findings across the globe.


Research Support

DETA has worked with national leaders in distance education to:

Create a national research model

Implement technology systems for data collection, storage, and retrieval

The Center has collected data in year two at the course, program, and institutional level and engage other interested institutions of higher education for collaborative research opportunities through a pilot grant process.  Findings are available as a comprehensive Research Toolkit, as well as research briefs, annotations and publications collected on this website.


Recent Announcements

Catch up on the latest news, findings and initiatives from the DETA Research Center Community.

In The News

Read what others are saying across the field about the work that the DETA Research Center Community is doing.

Our Partners

The DETA Research Center Community is comprised of a series of key partnering institutions and organizations that support the operations and initiatives run through the center.  Learn more about our partners, including ways that you or your organization might join the effort.

Join Our Community

We are first and foremost a community!

By signing up to contribute to our corpus of work, you’re signing up to help us bring vetted, open, actionable, and accessible research to the higher education community. All higher education folks have important value to contribute to scholarly inquiry, regardless of role. Let’s put your skills to work to build something that will change the way we think about teaching, learning, and the higher education experience.

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