Philippines harnessing OER for the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers

UNESCO working with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), the Philippine Council for Higher Education (CHED) and the UNESCO Southeast Asian Centre for Lifelong learning and Sustainable Development (UNESCO Category 2 Centre - SEA CLLSD) carried out a two-day consultation meeting in Manilla, Philippines, from 28 to 29 October 2015. This national consultation focused on the development of OER-based Teacher Training Materials to support the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT CFT).

The meeting in Manilla, hosted at the SEAMEO Innotech premises, brought together key top national stakeholders in Philippines responsible for Teacher Education and ICT – The Council for Higher Education, the UNESCO Southeast Asian Centre for Lifelong Learning (UNESCO – SEA CCLSD), the Commission on Higher Education Technical Panel on Transnational Education and Distance Education, the CHED Technical Panel on Teacher Education, the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and the Development Education, the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), the National University, and the Lipa City College, the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM).

The ICT CFT Harnessing OER project in the Philippines focusses on supporting the development of OER-based ICT in Education training materials linked to the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT CFT). The project builds on the outcomes of the national ICT CFT competency standards development undertaken in 2015 through a sister project being undertaken by UNESCO Bangkok.

The meeting developed a workplan for the development of two courses to support the ICT CFT implementation in national ICT in Education teacher training for pre-service teachers working towards their teacher certification.

The discussions included a presentation by a representative of the Ministry of Education, Indonesia, who presented on the lessons learnt in the implementation of the project in Indonesia in 2014.

This activity is part of a larger project being implemented by UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector, which aims to support the implementation of the ICT CFT to meet national objectives, and the development of related OER-based teacher training materials in over 15 countries worldwide.

This activity is also a direct follow-up to the implementation of the Paris OER Declaration that was adopted in June 2012 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. It is also part of UNESCO’s continued efforts of promoting the application of ICT to enhance the quality of and access to education, including the stimulation of production, sharing and access to open educational resources (OER).