Missouri Expands Statewide Online Education Offerings
The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP) has moved to expand substantially its online course offerings to Missouri public school students with its new membership in the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC).
The NROC courses are now available to all public school students, teachers, and administrators in the state of Missouri. In addition, a partnership between the group eMINTS (enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) and MoVIP will provide professional development training to educators how to use the NROC courses in conjunction with their own curricula and integrate them into their students' long-term educational plans.
The repository itself includes a variety of advanced placement, college preparatory ,and high school foundation courses in such subjects as algebra, calculus, physics, chemistry, biology, history and government, and social sciences. A complete list of available courses can be found here.
"NROC provides us a unique offering," said Curt Fuchs, coordinator of educational support services for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "The material can be used for many different purposes, including tutoring and one-on-one instruction, or as individual learning objects for a teacher. NROC will help us serve a broad base of needs."
An open educational resource (OER) project of Monterey Institute of Technology and Education, supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, NROC operates under the principle that "everyone is entitled to an education no matter where they live or what their circumstances are."
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