Professional Development for Teachers for Blended Learning and Online Strategies

Project name :

Professional Development for Teachers for Blended Learning and Online Strategies - Pilot Project

Budget :

100K$ - 500K$

Project duration :



In the Caribbean sub-region, nearly 7 million students in 23 countries and more than 91 000 teachers have been affected by school closures due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Lack of devices, little or no connectivity, and inadequate digital skills for teaching and learning have led to many challenges for teachers and students, threatening the continuation of education. 



The UNESCO Blackboard Academy Caribbean Sub-regional Pilot Project 2020 "Professional Development for Teachers for Blended Learning and Online Strategies", is a four-week teachers training that aims to develop teaching capacity in the new learning reality of distance education due to COVID-19. For this initiative, UNESCO, in cooperation with the regional ministries of education, is selecting the 40 facilitators from the English and Dutch Caribbean who will be trained during a four- week online workshop by the Blackboard Academy at K-12, elementary and secondary levels with strategies for designing the online classroom. Whether teachers plan to use a blended classroom or a fully online one, this course supports them to ease the transition in creating an online class environment that meets the needs of both students and teachers.

Participants will be assessed and, if successful, certified by Blackboard in co-operation with its academic partners. Those facilitators will engage as "master trainers" in the Caribbean sub-region as experts in blended and online learning strategies to train 200 teachers, 10 per country, with the skills to apply innovative online and blended teaching methods or adaptive pedagogies in the new teaching and learning situation in the time of COVID-19. In addition, the initiative strengthens the teachers' ability to respond to the current crisis in the local environment and to strengthen the resilience of the sub-region's education systems to future shocks.

It is more important now than at any other time that teachers develop best practices for delivering engaging and sustainable online learning environments. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered how teachers around the world have to connect with students while school buildings remain shuttered.

Lee Blakemore, Blackboard Chief Client Officer and President Global Markets

The course will include methods to confront learners online with different learning styles and needs, as an online classroom presents different challenges than a traditional classroom where teachers can oversee lessons and monitor student attention.

The topics covered in the workshop will focus on online educational methods, including the use of educational videos and interactive platforms, as well as the use of web conferencing tools such as zooming, online task creation and quizzes, the selection of high quality online educational resources, and also a workshop day on online delivery pedagogy to engage students through online learning.

Launch of UNESCO - Blackboard teachers training in the Caribbean for online and blended learning

On 25 August 2020, the UNESCO Blackboard Academy Caribbean Sub-regional Pilot Project has been launched via a virtual platform provided by Blackboard, with more than 60 participants, including two selected teachers representing each of the participating countries in the English and Dutch Caribbean.


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Project contact:

Dr. Faryal Khan Programme Specialist for Education
Latoya Swaby-Anderson National Education Officer