In a time where collaborative virtual learning needs to happen at breakneck speed, CourseArc, a content authoring and management tool, has developed a feature that enables the sharing of course content across counties and states. CourseArc’s client, the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA), an association of the chiefs of some of the most innovative virtual programs in the United States, is one of the first to utilize this new feature.
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The sharing tool from CourseArc allows schools, districts, states and consortiums to “divide and conquer”, quickly accessing and deploying quality online content for the coming school year. This new CourseArc feature reduces the development burden on educators and institutions, allowing them, instead, to focus efforts on creating better online learning opportunities for students and parents. The feature supports the 5 R’s of Open Educational Resources (OER): Retain; Reuse; Revise; Remix; and Redistribute. As a result, VLLA members – and other organizations that could benefit from content sharing – are able to quickly, easily, and effectively create content specific to their student and constituent base.
“We felt it was important to support our amazing clients who work together to build and share online content so students have access to high-quality instruction. Our tool allows schools, school systems, and universities to pool their resources to create a variety of online courses and then remix and reuse content from partner organizations to ensure the content meets individual needs. It also means that each organization can divvy up responsibilities for insourcing content development and reduce reliance on long-term expensive third-party products,” said CourseArc’s CEO Katie Egan.
“The new feature can easily be applied to other educational consortiums nationally and globally,” she added.
To view how the tool works, visit www.coursearc.com/course-content-sharing-vlla.
When asked about the value of the new content sharing tool in CourseArc, Candic McPherson, Director of Design and Development for Virtual Arkansas, and a member of VLLA, said, “The ability to collaborate and easily share content between organizations is an invaluable asset to improving the capacity of educators as they continually improve digital content and its use.”
Members of the VLLA, a 501c3 educational nonprofit organization, serve over a quarter million online course enrollments annually, provide their districts and students with over 2,200 active, highly-qualified teachers trained in online instruction and supply blended learning services to their constituents. Members include Colorado Digital Learning Solutions, Georgia Virtual Learning, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance, Illinois Virtual School, Indiana Online, Michigan Virtual, Montana Digital Academy, Nevada Learning Academy, North Carolina Virtual, Virtual Arkansas, VHA Learning, Virtual South Carolina, Wisconsin eSchool Network, Virtual Virginia and Wisconsin Virtual School.
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