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Berta Project - presented at the 4th ACDE conference …

Berta Project - presented at the 4th ACDE conference
7-8 June 2014
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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  • Meeting the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All mandate requires a massive and ongoing expansion of quality teacher development. The possibilities of open, distance and eLearning need to be explored in order to address the need for more and better teachers in Africa. Within this context, Saide (South African Institute for Distance Education) and the UOC (Open University of Catalonia) are developing a resource to address ODL teacher training needs by developing guidelines and examples of course materials to help teacher educators currently working in a contact-based mode to migrate to more flexible means of provision. The outputs of the project described below will be developed in consultation with the target stakeholder community. To this end, teacher educators and other interested parties attending the ACDE conference are invited to gather and explore the potential of the project, and provide early stage input on its proposed constituent parts.
  • Funder: ICDE, International Council for Distance Education
    Implementers: UOC, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and SAIDE, South African Institute for Distance Education
    Project Description: FUOC and Saide are collaborating in an ICDE funded project aiming to provide teacher educators based in African higher education institutions with the opportunity to engage with examples of distance and eLearning courseware made available as OER. This involvement will be activity-based and will enable teacher educators to subsequently adapt some or all of this courseware to meet the needs of distance and eLearning forms of teacher development in their own countries. By modelling appropriate distance and eLearning practice through activities, feedback and examples, the project hopes to contribute to the expansion of quality teacher development using more flexible means of provision for larger numbers of prospective and in-service teachers. Although the primary audience for the resource will be teacher educators in African higher education institutions, the resource will be published under a creative commons CCBY license and will therefore be accessible to anybody with an interest in teacher development whether based in public or private institutions and whether based in Africa or in other parts of the world. Due to cost constraints, the resource and its constituent components will, however, be made available in English only.
  • Also: UOC are testing the possibilities to offer short MOOC courses for teacher training.
    Offer teachers the possibility to participate in a pilot of the HANDSON ICT project: http://handsonict.eu/.
    Project Description: FUOC and Saide are collaborating in an ICDE funded project aiming to provide teacher educators based in African higher education institutions with the opportunity to engage with examples of distance and eLearning courseware made available as OER. This involvement will be activity-based and will enable teacher educators to subsequently adapt some or all of this courseware to meet the needs of distance and eLearning forms of teacher development in their own countries. By modelling appropriate distance and eLearning practice through activities, feedback and examples, the project hopes to contribute to the expansion of quality teacher development using more flexible means of provision for larger numbers of prospective and in-service teachers. Although the primary audience for the resource will be teacher educators in African higher education institutions, the resource will be published under a creative commons CCBY license and will therefore be accessible to anybody with an interest in teacher development whether based in public or private institutions and whether based in Africa or in other parts of the world. Due to cost constraints, the resource and its constituent components will, however, be made available in English only.
  • Downloadable resources – pdf, zip etc
    Practice with OERs through learning activities and self-assessment
    MOOC Course supporting the design of resources (ICT module 4)
    http://lms.saide.org.za or http://goo.gl/fqiBHt
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    • 1. Collating and modelling OERs to train Teacher Educators in Quality ODeL on the African continent. Brenda Mallinson and Tony Mays
    • 2. Outline Background The Berta Project Demonstration of Online Resources Discussion & contributions
    • 3. Background • Need established for: – massive and ongoing expansion of quality teacher development in Africa • Possible solution: – identify OERs that fit the needs – organise currently scattered OERs more efficiently • Offered: – via expansion of ODL – in collaboration with stakeholder community
    • 4. Project Objectives 1. Collate a set of OER organized into a course format that will enable teacher educators to explore the potential of distance and eLearning to support teacher development, empowering them to adapt existing OER to suit their own contexts of practice. 2. Provide a set or collection of themed resources in a form that promotes flexible delivery options of the full set or a selection thereof by the target audience. 3. Develop the resource and its constituent parts in consultation with the target stakeholder community. Note: The final version will be published under a creative commons CCBY license and will become available to anybody with an interest in using distance and eLearning provision to support expanded quality teacher development.
    • 5. Berta Project Methodology • Find and collate appropriate OERs • Integration of OERs in the programme and environment • Interacting with stakeholders  1st webinar - recording http://goo.gl/LQhB57  ACDE Conference  Wherever/whenever the opportunity arises • Analyze and respond to stakeholders feedback • Finalise learning environments
    • 6. Why OER and why 4 ODeL Modules? • Provision of learning resources is a key characteristic of ODeL, hence it is logical to think about OER • BUT: learning resources do not on their own make an ODeL programme • Learning resources need to be integrated with: – an appropriate assessment strategy, hence Module 2 – decentralised student support, hence Module 3 – interaction and collaboration can be enhanced through ICT integration, hence Module 4 – and the whole has to be designed coherently, well before registration, hence Module 1.
    • 7. Demonstration of Modules • 4 Themed Modules: Programme Design Assessment Strategy Student Support Using ICT Tools • http://riga.uoc.es/berta/ • Guest access: password ‘ICDE’
    • 8. Questions for reflection & contribution • If you are integrating OER into your teacher education programmes: – what sources have you found particularly useful? – what are the challenges and how can they be overcome? • If you are using ODeL methods to offer your teacher education programmes: – what sources have you found particularly useful? – what are the challenges and how can they be overcome? • Please indicate your interest and/or send active links to useful relevant OER to tonym@saide.org.za or brendam@saide.org.za
    • 9. Thank You! Brenda Mallinson brendam@saide.org.za Slideshare - http://www.slideshare.net/brenda6 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License.