Quality Assurance in Teacher Education (TESSA) & OER by Prof. Frank Banks


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  • Talk about OU and PGCE and quality.
  • 23/01/13 Welcome to the TESS-India family. This week – this workshop marks an important part of the TESS-India project. The point at which ideas become reality and the plans that many of us have been making for so long start to unfold. This week is the point at which the TESS-India project is born and I ’ d like to thank you for being here this week to make it happen. I ’ m going to tell you more about the project in a minute and how this workshop fits into the overall plan but I want to start by reflecting on how important your contribution is to this project at this critical point. During this week we ’ ll work together to develop a framework for a project that will reach millions of teachers and many millions of children across India and in some of the most challenging circumstances. Over the life of the first phase of the project we ’ ll reach 1 million teachers. Your ideas, your thinking, your contributions this week will frame the way that these teachers change their practice and frames the profound effect that this project will have on the lives of many more millions of Indian children. In two years time and more – when we look back on the project ’ s successes (and no doubt set backs too) – you ’ ll be able to point at your specific contribution, your ideas, your hard work and you ’ ll be able to say, I was there at the start. So this isn ’ t going to be a run of the mill workshop. It ’ s going to be hard work as we tie down what ’ s important and what ’ s less important – and we ’ re going to have to argue our corners and make compromises. But by the end of Thursday we will have achieved a great deal. We will have set out the academic and pedagogic direction of this exciting and innovative approach to teacher professional development – and we ’ ll be exhausted! But happy, too.
  • 23/01/13 The project links to a high level gov to gov MoU
  • 23/01/13 Working together to produce a bank of teacher education resources, using the OU ’ s proven methodology the content of which will be created in support of both primary & secondary Indian curriculum, and authored by Indian experts in collaboration with OU academics, with supported implementation in 7 states. But not just about creating stuff – also about developing a sustainable network of committed teacher educators from across India A key feature is the school-based nature of the teacher learning activities.
  • 23/01/13 Bringing together significant partnerships: UK orgs in India – including BC, DFID, FCO Teacher Ed specialists at DU, IGNOU and elsewhere Across 7 States: Karnataka, MP, UP, Odisha, Bihar, Paschimbanga, Asom. NGOs including Pratham, Bharti Foundation, Katha. Adyhyan Technical specialists incl Cisco, Vodafone etc Opening up further partnership and funding opportunities and links to other projects
  • 23/01/13
  • Quality Assurance in Teacher Education (TESSA) & OER by Prof. Frank Banks

    1. 1. Teacher Education and OpenEducational ResourcesFocus on Quality AssuranceProfessor Frank BanksDirector, International Development in TeacherEducation 1
    2. 2. • The UK’s largest university, teaching 35% of all UK part-time undergraduate students• Over 296,000 students• 156 postgraduate and 397 undergraduate courses• The OU currently makes over 44,000 academic awards annually • The OU is top in the UK for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey - and has always been in the top three. 2
    3. 3. Teacher Education Quality….the standards achieved by thestudent-teachers are outstanding”.- Inspectorate Northern IrelandSept. 2010. 1995 & 2009 ‘Outstanding’ – Ofsted March 2011. 3
    4. 4. How can teacher education by Open and DistanceLearning deliver high quality? monitoring ? High standards in course presentation INPUT ? High standards in student assessment OUTCOMES evaluation Improving quality year-on-year through review and development 4
    5. 5. Quality assurance framework can apply to all programme components TeachingEnquiries Programme throughAdmissions Structure learning Assessment Exit Advice Advice resources and school-based activities 5
    6. 6. support beyond school support in schoolSupporting new classroomchanges in activitiesclassroompractices professional development materials for teachers and classroom use, new tools, HT & peer support peer support through meetings and visits; wider project support 6
    7. 7. Problems in Maintaining Quality High Volume Geographically dispersed Classroom practice and school-based elements 7
    8. 8. Principles to Assure Quality explicit agreed outcomes prescribed common framework comprehensive monitoring - indirect - direct - interconnected - systematic structural ‘triggers’ to identify weaknesses with follow up interconnected procedures 8
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    10. 10. Six Section titlesCommon Framework– Iraqi Teachers Group workOne common structure QuestioningSix Themes Subject in practiceTitles suggested by New teaching ideasIraqi teachers Teaching all pupils Evaluation of pupils 10
    11. 11. Six titles Structure of all titles Group work Questioning Questioning Objective General introductionSubject in practice Issue 1 Issue 2New teaching ideas Between Issue 3 3 and 5 issues Issue 4Teaching all pupils …. Conclusion 10 hoursEvaluation of pupils 11
    12. 12. Structure of all issues Questioning Issue 5 : Higher order questions Objective General introduction Introduction Issue 1 Issue 2 Activities Issue 3 1 Issue 4 2 Issue 5 Conclusion Conclusion 12
    13. 13. Features of all activities Issue 5 : Higher order questionsIntroduction - headingActivities - purpose 1 2 - timing - instructionsConclusion 13
    14. 14. Six Themes Each Theme = Group work 10 hours Questioning 3-5 issuesSubject in practice A maximum of 8 activities At least half of the activitiesNew teaching ideas are for teacher to try out in their classroomsTeaching all pupils Video clip(s) up to 10 minutesEvaluation of pupils 14
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    16. 16. TESSAResearch and developmentprogrammeFocus on teacher educationInternational consortium of 19institutionsWorking in12 countries acrossSub-Saharan Africa 16
    17. 17. TESSA• Bank of original Open Education multi-media Resources (OERs)• Materials in different formats and versions• Integration into a range of existing programmes• Online and print 17
    18. 18. What e-Learning is NOT 18
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    20. 20. New content authored forTESSASpecific audience -teacher educators andteachersAudio and text materialorganised in modulesTen user generatedversions available 20
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    23. 23.  Each module is divided into 5 sections 75 sections across the 5 module areas Classroom based activities 23
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    25. 25. TextActivity 1Case studyTextActivity 2 Structure of a SectionCase studyTextKey activityCase study 25
    26. 26. TESSA Material adoptionTESSA is being used in sub-degree, B.Ed and CPDcourses, for example• Open University, Sudan 67,000 B.Ed• University of South Africa 1,045 B.Ed• Kyambogo University, Uganda 14,000 Diploma• National Teachers’ Institute, Nigeria 145,000 CPDTotal: ~ 500,000 teachers in 2013 26
    27. 27. Nigeria 27
    28. 28. Flexibility - New Technologies 28
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    30. 30. Short Video 30
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    32. 32. Vision of the Future?(c.1898) 32
    33. 33. TESS- IndiaTeacher Education through School-based Support in India 33
    34. 34. The Indian and British Governments agreed… “… that cooperation will continue and be extended into the areas of universalization of secondary education, school leadership and management, practical support and advice in the implementation of vocational education and a teacher development programme that will utilise the latest technologies to extend the scale and reach of training to millions of teachers.”Joint Statement between the Ministry of Human Resources Development of the Government of India and theDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills on behalf of the Government and the DevolvedAdministrations of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 34
    35. 35. TESS-India:Flexible, high quality, infinitely adaptable, freely available OERs to support teacher professional development… in the classroom 35
    36. 36. The TESS-India network 36
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    38. 38. The T-I journey to 7 million teachers876543210 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022 38
    39. 39. In a nutshell… 39
    40. 40. • www.tessafrica.net TESSA• www.eiabd.com/ English in Action• http://www.open.ac.uk/about/international-developmen TESS-India• http://www.open.edu/openlearn/ Openlearn• http://futurelearn.com/ Futurelearn (MOOC) 40