UNESCO-CFIT Uganda OER for Active Teaching and Learning Workshop
This workshop will focus on open educational resources (OER) – their selection and use by teacher educators. The workshop will draw on the work of the Open University UK with teacher educators, in Africa and India. In order to learn how to make classrooms more participatory and learning more active, our experience suggests that teachers need to experience these approaches themselves; teacher educators in designing pre-service and in-service programmes therefore need to model the pedagogy that they are trying to promote. This applies to active teaching and learning, and to the use of ICT.
Within the framework of the CFIT Uganda project, a workshop in March 2016 focused on the UNESCO ICT competency framework for teachers and how it will work in Uganda. A second workshop in May 2016 (facilitated by GECSI) focused on the link between active teaching and learning methodology and ICT integration, recognizing that ICT integration is about pedagogy as much as technology and that it is more likely to be effective if students are active participants in their learning.
The second workshop identified a lack of digital content that is specifically linked to the school curriculum, and the need to address teacher educator proficiency in the use of active teaching and learning (ATL) methods through ICT. It is recognized that open content could be used to fill the gaps and a learning management system has been set up across the three teacher training institutions in order to store suitable training materials.
Specific objectives of this workshop are:
• An understanding of the issues surrounding OER – selection, quality assurance, and use;
• A shared understanding of teacher learning, how current courses support teacher learning and where there are gaps that could be filled by OER;
• Consideration of a number of different repositories and how they might fill the gaps that have been identified;
• Collaborative planning about how selected materials might be used in working with pre-service and in-service teachers, and specifically how teachers can be supported in integrating ICT into lessons;
• Development of an action plan for each college, to be followed up in September 2016.