PBS TeacherLine has announced it has converted to Moodle for its online course management system. The conversion provides schools with more flexibility in licensing, customizing and delivering PBS TeacherLine's online professional development courses to their teachers.
PBS TeacherLine offers more than 130 graduate-level courses in reading/language arts, math, science, instructional strategies, and instructional technology to educators through its national online service, local PBS station providers, or site licenses for its course content. The organization's decision to use Moodle signifies a milestone in the growth of open technologies in education, according to the announcement.
As open technologies have matured with more robust user support, schools and districts are increasingly implementing open source course management systems such as Moodle to meet the growing demand for elearning opportunities for students and teachers. According to statistics from Moodle, nearly 50,000 education sites have registered use of the course management system, up from less than 5,000 sites five years ago. Open technologies allow education leaders to provide broader access to online learning for their students and staff, and to enjoy greater scope of use, interoperability, and customization over proprietary solutions.
PBS TeacherLine's course licensing program enables schools, districts, and education service agencies to expand their staff professional development programs cost-effectively. Now provided on the Moodle course management system, PBS TeacherLine's licensed courses offer administrators more control over the course design, schedule, workloads, assignments, and facilitation. School leaders can modify the course content based on educators' preferences, learning styles, and needs to create customized professional development opportunities for their staff.
Using digital media, and technologies such as audio, video, interactives, and online discussions, PBS TeacherLine courses provide an engaging, collaborative learning environment for teachers to enhance their knowledge and skills. Teachers learn practical, research-based strategies that they can apply immediately to their classrooms to increase student achievement.
Source: PBS TeacherLine, www.pbs.org/teacherline