NIST is testing how best to deliver online computer training to educators across the country.
The company says the pilot program is aimed at teachers and parents.
“We want to make sure that teachers and students can access a range of training content, from teaching and learning skills to preparing for an exam, and to the skills needed for their career,” said Rob Nussbaum, NIST’s associate administrator for the Internet.
For the pilot, Nissbaum said, it’s about giving teachers and the general public access to the information they need.
“We are trying to make this as accessible as possible to help teachers and educators have a more efficient, personalized learning experience,” Nissbaumsaid.
In the meantime, Nussbaumschoolers who want to take a course online are going to have to log in.
When asked why the online version of a course is being tested, Nist said it’s because of the fact that some teachers and schools are concerned about the security of the course.
Nissbaum said the company is in the process of setting up a web portal to allow teachers and their students to enroll.
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