COLUMBUS, OH, Wednesday, July 24, 2013– Ohio educators will have access to free online professional development, education focused social networking resources and a community of more than 55,000 educators across the country, thanks to a partnership between ilearnOhio and edWeb.net announced today.
The comprehensive e-learning platform and award-winning learning network and community have teamed up to deliver the latest tools in social networking, online collaboration and strategic planning to Ohio’s teachers and educators. Thepartnership will allow ilearnOhio participants to engage, network and collaborate with their peers and national education thought leaders, as well as gain access to free professional development resources and training.
“The partnership is a natural fit, combining online learning and social networking to drive innovation and collaboration,” said Nicole Luthy, director of the Ohio Resource Center, home of the ilearnOhio initiative. “Many of the communities found within edWeb that are related to ilearnOhio offer free professional development and maintain archives of their older course offerings.”
ilearnOhio is a comprehensive e-learning platform that ensures Ohio students and teachers have access to high-quality online courses. edWeb is a free online community for professional educators, offering networking, resource sharing, collaboration and professional development webinars.
"We are delighted with our partnership with ilearnOhio,” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net. “Ohio teachers will be able to network with each other and with educators all around the country, and the world. Our online professional learning communities and webinars give teachers a wonderful way to participate in anytime, anywhere professional development - all for free. It's a great way to improve teaching and learning - and educators love it!"
Currently through edWeb, members of ilearnOhio can participate in a multitude of professional development opportunities, ranging from Blended Learning to Technology in the Classroom. Teachers and educators interested in joining and contributing to this community can register at www.edweb.net/ilearnohio.
ilearnOhio is a comprehensive e-learning platform funded by the Ohio General Assembly to ensure that Ohio students have access to high-quality online courses. This statewide platform includes a searchable repository of standards-aligned educational content (courses and digital resources), an e-commerce marketplace, and a learning management system to facilitate the delivery of course content from multiple providers to various end users. ilearnOhio is administered by the Ohio Resource Center, located at the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, under the direction of the Ohio Board of Regents.
edWeb.net is a highly-acclaimed professional social and learning network that has become a vibrant online community for exceptional educators, decision-makers, and influencers who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb won the 2012 Edublog Award for Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators and was ranked the #1 professional social network specifically for educators by the SIMBA PreK-12 Professional Development Market Forecast 2012-2013, CoSN’s K-12 IT Leadership Survey 2013, and the 2012 Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking, Online Communities, and Web 2.0 Tools.