Promoting Teachers and Educators to Operationalize 21st Century Teaching in Classrooms
Continuous professional development of teachers and educators helps to change the classroom practices of teachers and the learning outcomes of students. In this 21st century, countries are increasing efforts in training teachers to integrate technology in teaching and learning and best practices. In Tanzania and many parts of Africa, teacher training has been slowed down due to financial constraints coupled with many barriers such as lack of ICT infrastructure and lesson design skills to integrate technology. Those who are selected for training are always few in numbers. This project aims at creating different OER modules that will help teachers and educators improve their teaching practices using the available technology tools.
The following are some MOOCs related to the OER work that I have completed:
- Making Teacher Education Relevant for 21st Century Africa The Open University (FutureLearn platform)
- Designing Learner-Centric MOOCs (IITBombayX platform)
- ET611Tx Pedagogy for effective use of ICT for school teachers (IITBombayX platform)
- Pedagogy for Online and Blended Teaching-Learning Process (IITBombayX platform)
Lucian V. Ngeze
Lucian V. Ngeze is a Lecturer in the College of Informatics and Virtual Education of the University of Dodoma in Tanzania, since 2010. He is currently a PhD Research Scholar in Educational Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India. His research focuses on training school teachers on effective integration of ICT tools in teaching and learning. He is trying to develop a model that can be used to conduct effective cascaded school teacher training workshops on ICT integration in Tanzania. His other areas of research interest include: ICT in Education, Instructional Design, Active Learning, Online Courses and MOOC Design. He has trained teachers in both face to face workshops and online modes via Online courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Lucian has also developed 3 online courses that aimed at helping teachers transform their own teaching practices to the 21st Century teaching. He has done research on effective use of technology in teaching and learning in secondary schools in Tanzania where he has published papers in international journals in the field and presented in various conferences. He has also been one of the National facilitators in the National ICT Programme for Secondary School Teachers in Tanzania.
Mohammad Issack Santally is an Associate Professor in Education Technology and has been heading the Centre for Innovative & Lifelong Learning prior to his appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor in 2017. He has been involved in the mounting of online teacher education programmes in Education Technologies and has conducted international consultancies in the area of Open and Online Learning for institutions like the Commonwealth of Learning, SADC and the COMESA. His research interests are in Interactive Materials Development, Open Educational Resources, Learning Analytics and ICT in Education policy.
Sally Parsley works as the technical lead of the Open Education for Eye Health programme at the Disability and Eye Health Group which is delivering 7 Open Access online courses on key topics in public health eye care. Her focus is on the use of educational technology to support non-formal and formal online learning by health professionals, especially in low and middle income settings. I'm particularly interested in the use of Open to equitably address training gaps and support capacity building in professional health education.