e-EducationTransforming Teaching/Learning through ICT
Think BigIt should be no longer a question ofwhether or not we will implementeEducation in our schools, but let’sthink how we can do it well.
ForewordOur world is changing, and information andcommunication technology (ICT) is central to this change.Digital media has revolutionized the information society.These advances in ICT have dramatically changed thelearning and teaching process, and have expanded newlearning opportunities and access to educationalresources.The provision of a telecommunication infrastructureavailable for learning and teaching is gradually increasing,and many schools are exploiting the benefits of ICT toenhance the quality of teaching.
… Contd.The introduction of ICT to Nepalese schools will createnew possibilities for learners and teachers to engage innew ways of information access.It also enhance the management and administrativecapacity of schools.Collaboration of Government and the private sector inICT will help to reach new milestones inTeaching/Learning Process.Our schools will be converted to the best centers ofquality teaching and learning for the twenty-first centuryICT World.
Learning & eEducationLearning is acquiring new or modifying existing knowledge,behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involvesynthesizing different types of information. [Wikipedia]E-learning is learning which takes place as a result of experiencesand interaction in an Internet environment. It is not restricted to aregular school day and can take place in a variety of locationsincluding home, school and community locations.E-education involves e-teaching and e-learning along with thevarious administrative and strategic measures needed to supportteaching and learning in an Internet environment. It willincorporate a local, regional, national and international view ofeducation.
…Contd.E-teachers are the new generation of teachers who willwork in an Internet environment in both regular andvirtual classroom situations. They will build new conceptsof working in time and space. E-teachers collaborate,build and discover new learning communities and exploreresources as they interact with information, materials andideas with their students and colleagues.E-Learners are someone who learns or takes upknowledge or beliefs from E-Teachers. E-Learnersproceed there learning way in Internet Environment.
Benefits Flexibility is one of the most attractive elements of online learning,many online students find their educational journey is particularlyrewarding. Virtual classrooms can be accessed from anywhere Well educated, professional instructors just like traditional education Diverse programs in a variety of disciplines Freedom to enhance skills –and resume – while still working full-time Greater comfort with interactive technologies Balance with Work & Learning
Technology in theclassroomSwift Internet ConnectionComputer in the classroomClass website & blogWireless classroom microphonesMobile devices (Tablets/Pads)Interactive WhiteboardsOnline mediaDigital GamesVideo Cameras, Projectors
Exciting News Nepal Wireless Networking Project by ‘Mahabir Pun’ thatprovides Internet access, electronic commerce, education,telemedicine and other services to a number of remote villages inNepal, using wireless technologies. Net users on mobile increase: NTA [ktm2day.com] Nepal’s Internet User Base Climbs 160% [thisdaylive.com] Internet subscribers touch 3.11 million: NTA [TheHimalayanTimes] Nepal’s telecoms penetration reaches 47.3% in August, NTA reports[telegeography.com]
…Contd. Ncell´s contribution to establish e-Library [TheHimalayanTimes] eLibrary deployment successful @ Seduwa, Birgunj [FOSS Nepal] Telecom Opterator’s CSR for Education [ekantipur.com] Ncell contributes for e-library in rural schools [ncell.com] eLibrary Establishment [HelpNepal.com] at Janakalyan Primary School, Nawalparasi at Lekhani Higher Secondary School, Baglung OLE Nepal launches eLearning project [ole.org]
Some eLearning Portals Open Learning Exchange Nepal [www.olenepal.org] Audio/Video Learning System by National Center for Educational Development[nced.gov.np] St. Xaviers College, Kathmandu - Online learning[http://www.sxc.edu.np/elearning/login/] Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico [nepalstudycenter.unm.edu] Free Online Interactive Education and Training for Nepal[alison.com/learning/Nepal] Learn Nepali Language through PDF & MP3 [nepali-language.com/] e-Pustakalaya from Nepal Library Foundation [nepallibrary.org] UNICEF/ERF free e-course on Social and Economic Policies[www.policyforchildrights.org]
…Contd.eLibraries in SchoolsLekhani Higher Secondary School, BaglungShree Jan Kalyan Rastriya Prathamik School, NawalparasiJanata Dom Higher Secondary School, SirahaTaltuleswori Lower Secondary School, SindhupalchowkShree Darakh Higher Secondary School, Kailali.etc.
Students in eLearning Center[Photo: Ncell.com]
One Laptop Per Child Project[Photo: olpcnews.com]
DiscussionWe are now climbing the mountain of change made possibleby the rapid development and availability of the Internet.These developments have already begun to fundamentallyalter the way in which we can utilize ICT in our classrooms.The access to the Internet outside of formal classroom settingshas opened up possibilities that were unimaginable someyears ago.For many students their home will be the principal place ofaccess to the Internet and the word classroom will assume awhole new meaning.
…Contd.The Ministry of Education’s ICT Strategy should clearly statethe potential of ICT that will remove the classroom boundariesand enables teachers and students in urban and rural areas toaccess a range of learning opportunities from around theworld.The policy should focus on the needs of e-teaching and e-teachers. Teachers should be well trained to become e-Teachers. They must be capable to develop online contentstoo. And that is nearly impossible without involvement of thegovernment body.After that, the technology implementation part arises.
If time, location and how long a student sits in aseat are no longer the defining elements of aschool then how does a school committed to e-education define their role and operation?
Big Question ?How will schools accommodate the needs of staff whochoose not to adopt the role of e-teachers?How will schools determine student numbers whenstudents are attending multiple institutions?How will schools allocate costs of shared facilities, staffand students?How will schools measure irregular "attendance"patterns or will they need to?How will student class participation patterns bemeasured?
…Contd. How will schools accommodate the professional development ofteachers based in their school so they can move toward being e-teachers? How different will the e-curriculum need to be? How will e-teacher’s workloads be measured when the preparationof e-learning materials will need to be started many months beforethe start of the e-class? How will teacher’s workload and compensation be worked out whenthey work in multiple locations and institutions? How will teachers teach and measure the work of students who areall working at different paces and in different places? What are the support needs of e-teachers and how can they accessthis support?
… Contd. Will e-teaching be part of the ‘job description’ of all newly hiredteachers in schools? How will the Ministry of Education accommodate different types ofschools with many different structures and characteristics? How will families accommodate the e-learning of students who may nolonger attend school at the traditional times of the day? How will families make choices from a wide range of educational choicesfor their children? How will the needs of students change as they take the opportunity todetermine some of their own learning goals? The students who experience e-learning in secondary education willexpect these same opportunities in tertiary education and the chance topursue life-long learning opportunities. Will e-teachers be ready for thedemand?
…Contd.How will teacher education meet the challenge ofoffering e-education for future e-teachers? Who willcreate the content and maintain the online learningenvironments?How will the quality of online courses offered by for-profit organizations be monitored?How will the issue of the copyright of e-learninginformation and materials used for e-teaching beaddressed?
Let’s Promise to ACTLet’s get started to convert eEducation promises topractice.WHY to be late if wenecessarily need to GO?