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BERTA - OER for teacher educators

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

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BERTA - OER for teacher educators

  1. 1. Collating and modelling OERs to train Teacher Educators in Quality ODeL on the African continent. Brenda Mallinson and Tony Mays
  2. 2. Outline Background The Berta Project Demonstration of Online Resources Discussion & contributions
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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