All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.
To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:
3.5 Recommendation: Develop a teaching force skilled in online instruction.
Online learning is becoming an increasingly important part of our education system at all levels, from secondary and postsecondary education to other types of adult learning, including corporate training. This creates both the need and opportunity for educators who are skilled in online instruction and the demand for increased knowledge of the most effective practices. States, teacher accreditation organizations, colleges of education, and organizations representing online learning providers should work together to develop a set of voluntary national standards for online courses and for online teaching. Accrediting bodies and leadership organizations should collaborate to develop national standards for online teacher certification and states should work on reciprocity agreements for certifying online teachers.
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