UNESCO’ Knowledge Societies Division, with the support of the European Commission hosted the Partners’ Meeting for ‘Uptake of Open Educational Resources (OER) Supporting the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT CFT)’ project from 28 to 29 January 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
The meeting provided a forum for the sharing of best practices on ICT skills training for teachers across regions and discussed existing OER training materials to support ICT training for teachers. In addition, the discussions included exchange on areas of concern for the EU Reference Framework for ‘digitally competent’ teachers to be developed this year by the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). Experiences at the national level in using the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers were also discussed in the meeting deliberations.
The ICT CFT is a set of competencies that teachers need to integrate ICT into their practice and professional development to advance student learning. A key area of activity of UNESCO in this domain is to support the use of the ICT CFT harnessing OER-based teacher training materials. OER –are education resources which incorporate a license that facilitates reuse and adaptation without first requesting permission from the copyright holder.
The meeting brought together representatives of the Ministries of Education of Finland, Germany, Kenya, Norway, Portugal, Rwanda, Spain and Turkey as well as experts from the European Commission in Brussels and the European Commission IPTS in Seville, the European SchoolNet, the University of Essen-Duisberg and from the Moscow based UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE).
This meeting was organized by the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO as part of its Programme and Budget for 2014-2015 to empower Member States through universal access to information and knowledge. It responded to the expectations under the overarching objective of building inclusive knowledge societies.