The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) has announced that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has signed with MITE to provide online course materials, including text, audio, streaming video, and iPod downloadable content to 205 high schools and 125,000 high school students statewide. Educators and students can access the course materials via the ODE’s dedicated server or online at HippoCampus.org.
The Oregon State Board of Education recently adopted new high school diploma requirements to ensure that high school graduates are better prepared for work, higher education or training, life, and citizenship. The state-wide license to access 33 courses in MITE's National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) is one avenue the state has chosen to help achieve its goal.
NROC is an Open Educational Resource project of MITE supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and institutional membership. NROC is a library of high-quality online courses for students and faculty in higher education, high school, and Advanced Placement, suitable for advanced learners, credit recovery, home schooling, and general student use. The library includes courses in algebra, U.S. history, biology, American government, physics, environmental science, calculus, and more. NROC content is publicly available to individuals at HippoCampus.org. NROC supporting members like ODE have access to additional resources, services, and secure assessments.
The ODE’s information technologists first worked with MITE to install all of the NROC content into Moodle, an open source management system for online applications, and now is offering educators training on use of the digital tools. To date, 20 schools and about 2,000 students have begun using the NROC online content. Usage is expected to increase to 50,000 or 60,000 students by June 2008.
Source: Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), www.montereyinstitute.org