Each March, SXSWedu traditionally brings together the biggest ideas in education technology. With more than 1,000 proposal submissions, the 2015 conference is sure to continue the trend. Check out Panel Picker to add your voice to the SXSWedu line up. While you're there, be sure to check out our joint proposal with Mizzou K-12 Online and partner Cornerstone Christian Academy on incorporating online courses and content into a traditional K-12 curriculum.
Online courses have been prevalent in higher education for decades. These alternative formats allow students to earn and finish degrees on their schedule — whether the course is an accelerated program or one that requires more flexibility. More recently, K-12 schools are recognizing the potential in the personalization that online courses provide their students.
Not only do online courses allow advanced students to take classes that may not be offered at the school, such as specialized AP or foreign language classes, but they also give students a discrete way to bring their skills up to standard. Online courses in K-12 give teachers an opportunity for structured blended learning and prepare their students for the courses they are likely to encounter in higher education and beyond.
After you've given ours the thumbs up, check out some of these other interesting proposals:
- Student Driven Citizen Science
- Digit All Stars and bridging the digital divide
- Badging and the Great "Form Vs. Function" Debate
- The Whale Project: Arts Based Learning