In this week’s edtech news roundup, read articles about new ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ at U of Illinois – Springfield, teachers’ increasing affinity for educational technology, and a bill in Oregon expanding online charter schools.
With email, Skype, text messaging, Facebook, and other new ways of communication, the distance between college students and their parents is shrinking. Read more about the positive and negative implications of this cultural shift in this article from eCampusNews.
A growing number of educators are making a push toward “open teaching” by offering “Massive Open Online Courses,” or “MOOTS,” which anyone can join. The University of Illinois at Springfield recently announced it would offer a MOOC on the state of online education and the future of e-learning. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Results from an annual survey indicate that as teachers’ use of technology increases, so does the amount of value they place upon it. Read more in this article from THE Journal.
PressForward, a new project from The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, seeks to bring academic publishing into the 21st century with a platform that will highlight blog posts and conference papers. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The controversial bill would allow up to 3 percent of the students in any local district to enroll in online charter schools. Read more in this article from The Huffington Post.