A model for a teacher-empowering digital promise is the MOOC, which re-envisions the educator’s role in the context of the open web. The teacher of the future will be able to develop a teaching and learning environment using the resources on the web, which could incorporate closed options such as CMSs and LMSs as well as face-to-face blended activities. She will also be able to teach her students how to create personal learning environments and how to connect them in infinite ways to form networks, semi-permanent or on the fly, large or small, for specific educational purposes.
This model is sustainable because it empowers and relies on teachers – not costly outside sources. Through the very MOOCs that they use in instruction, they can generate professional development networks to keep up with the latest technology and pedagogy.