Preparing Teachers for ICT Integration into Teaching and Learning
What is the CCTI?
The Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration (CCTI) has been developed to improve teachers’ experience teaching in the classroom using a range of information and communication technologies (ICT) appropriately, and increase school manager’s involvement in the ICT implementation process in the school. It challenges school managers and teachers to constantly reflect on what they do in their school and classrooms and how ICT can be integrated into their evolving management and teaching styles.
The CCTI has been designed as a distance education course and is aligned with the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers. It is an open educational resource (OER) that the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is making available to teacher training institutions throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The material can be used as is or can be adopted and/or adapted into existing programmes. The learning materials are developed, tested and revised by SchoolNet South Africa (SNSA) through extensive consultations with teachers and teacher educators around the world.
The CCTI Model
The Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration (CCTI) has the following characteristics:
Activities are at the centre of the courses and guide educators to read supporting content, plan and implement classroom activities, reflect on practice and share experiences with the group.
The all-important context of learning is the educator’s school, classroom and subject needs. These are specifically identified by the educators themselves during the courses. The activities and content do not refer to any specific context, but sometimes illustrate a point with a variety of sample contexts.
Uses ICT as a tool in the work place
The emphasis is on how educators and learners use ICT as a tool and integrate ICT into teaching and learning.
Community of learners
The educators share their experiences with a group of colleagues online, using the messaging and discussion tool in a learning management system and other online communication tools.
Sharing classroom experience
The emphasis is on classroom experience, reflection on that experience, sharing thoughts with the group online, contemplating change and implementing new solutions.
Features of the CCTI
All course materials are available online and all the pages are downloadable as PDF files. Students are assigned to tutors who provide support, pace activities, give advice and coordinate assignments. Group interaction is a strong feature of the CCTI and a variety of online interaction methods are used. Activities range from self-study to group collaboration efforts. The activities and assignments deepen understanding and are strongly aligned to the learning objectives of the course.
The CCTI is typically a two-year part-time course consisting of a selection from nine courses. After two years the successful student would have completed eight full courses. Institutions can however make their own decisions about how this course should be conducted, accredited, which technologies to use and what learning management and/or collaboration tools to deploy. COL does not provide accreditation for this course.
The courseware includes a guide to help adapt the content for local delivery or to convert the course into a face-to-face offering.
Course entry requirements
- For in-service, students should be practicing teachers.
- Students must be at least moderately computer literate and be able to perform basic office suite skills, browse the Internet and use email.
- Any other requirements the institutions may stipulate
- Professional Development with Technology
- Designing Learning
- Technology-Enriched Teaching
- Education in a Digital Society
- Innovative Approaches to Learning with Technology
- Planning Learning Through Projects
- Managing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces
- Planning for Technology Integration
- Change Leadership for Technology Integration
The assessment strategies adopted will depend on how each institution conducts and accredits this course. The strategies could however include assignments and portfolio assessment including quality of collaboration and reflection on learning
COL is not an accrediting body. Local institutions have to accredit the CCTI.
How can COL help?
Through partnerships with institutions and SchoolNet SA, COL will:
- Provide a Framework and Guidelines for Teacher Development in ICT
- Engage in further development and upgrade of learning materials
- Work with institutions to localise, accredit and offer the CCTI
- Assist in initial tutor training
For any inquiries on CCTI contact us.