Florida State University offers online program in digital learningFlorida State University's College of Education recently announced that it will begin offering a certificate program to help train secondary school teachers in digital learning, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Officials told the news provider that the new program, which is called Blended Online Learning and Teaching, will begin in May. The curriculum is offered online for K-12 instructors during the summer months.

"We need to do a better job preparing our students to be teachers of e-learning," Dina Vyortkina, director of the office of information and instructional learning at the school, told the news source. She added that this method of instruction can include "a variety of tools, different technologies, video, audio, any type of media."

Officials added that this program was created in direct response to President Barack Obama's call for increased use of technology in K-12 education. However, they noted that they worry that some online teachers are simply using technology because it is new, not necessarily to help supplement the learning process.

According to a Reuters report, the online education industry grew by 17 percent in 2009. Furthermore, nearly 25 percent of U.S. students currently take at least some web-based courses.

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