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The Teacher is a transformative force: Barbados Minister

The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Barbados, has recently embarked…

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Apply now for COL’s ODL Research Mentorship Programme 2024

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Stakeholders’ engagement workshop for ODL policy enhancement in Kenya

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Formulating open schooling policy in The Gambia

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The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Barbados, has recently embarked on the Education Transformation Agenda – a new strategy aimed at ensuring “A Bright Future For Every Child.” The proposed curriculum reforms have implications for learner assessment, as well as teacher training and professional development, among other provisions.

#COL4D recently responded by conducting a workshop at Erdiston Teachers’ Training College. This was a visioning exercise to discuss the current status of technology-enabled learning at the College and the potential offered by open and distance learning (ODL) in expanding the quality and reach of teacher training.

The Minister of State, the Honourable Ms Sandra Husbands addressed the participants and expressed appreciation for the work of COL in supporting teacher development.

The Honourable Minister referred to the role of a teacher as not just educational but also a transformative force in the lives of students, adding that the contributions made by teachers to young lives play a crucial role in determining their quality of life later on. She said, “Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers as teachers live through the lives of those they transform. As educators, find your place in service and give it your best. This will create a pathway of influence where your efforts make a big difference in the society.”

The workshop, attended by 20 tutors from the college, identified various areas of need to adapt innovative approaches in training teachers. These included policy and course development as well as capacity building in OER and other aspects of open, distance and technology-enabled learning, including Artificial Intelligence.

COL’s Education Specialist, Teacher Education, Dr Betty Ogange facilitated the workshop, having held consultative meetings with the COL Focal Point, Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw, and senior officials in the education sector. Dr Ogange said, “Embracing technology in education is not merely about utilising new tools but more about creating an environment of continuous learning and innovation, thereby empowering educators to meet the evolving needs of their learners in a rapidly changing world.”

The Deputy Principal of the College, Mr Francis Thompson, thanked COL for the resources made available for teacher training and professional development.
https://www.col.org/news/the-teacher-is-a-transformative-force-barbados-minister/

The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Barbados, has recently embarked on the Education Transformation Agenda – a new strategy aimed at ensuring “A Bright Future For Every Child.” The proposed curriculum reforms have implications for learner assessment, as well as teacher training and professional development, among other provisions.

#COL4D recently responded by conducting a workshop at Erdiston Teachers’ Training College. This was a visioning exercise to discuss the current status of technology-enabled learning at the College and the potential offered by open and distance learning (ODL) in expanding the quality and reach of teacher training.

The Minister of State, the Honourable Ms Sandra Husbands addressed the participants and expressed appreciation for the work of COL in supporting teacher development.

The Honourable Minister referred to the role of a teacher as not just educational but also a transformative force in the lives of students, adding that the contributions made by teachers to young lives play a crucial role in determining their quality of life later on. She said, “Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers as teachers live through the lives of those they transform. As educators, find your place in service and give it your best. This will create a pathway of influence where your efforts make a big difference in the society.”

The workshop, attended by 20 tutors from the college, identified various areas of need to adapt innovative approaches in training teachers. These included policy and course development as well as capacity building in OER and other aspects of open, distance and technology-enabled learning, including Artificial Intelligence.

COL’s Education Specialist, Teacher Education, Dr Betty Ogange facilitated the workshop, having held consultative meetings with the COL Focal Point, Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw, and senior officials in the education sector. Dr Ogange said, “Embracing technology in education is not merely about utilising new tools but more about creating an environment of continuous learning and innovation, thereby empowering educators to meet the evolving needs of their learners in a rapidly changing world.”

The Deputy Principal of the College, Mr Francis Thompson, thanked COL for the resources made available for teacher training and professional development.
www.col.org/news/the-teacher-is-a-transformative-force-barbados-minister/
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This report by @COL4D provides a road map for how ministers of education can #climateproof #education systems, implement a #greenlearningagenda that builds skills for blue and #greeneconomies and promote #education for #climateaction through #policydevelopment, resource allocation and effective #implementation. The recommendations also focus on the important issues of quality, equity and justice. Read or download your free copy here: http://hdl.handle.net/11599/4132

This report by @COL4D provides a road map for how ministers of education can #climateproof #education systems, implement a #greenlearningagenda that builds skills for blue and #greeneconomies and promote #education for #ClimateAction through #policydevelopment, resource allocation and effective #implementation. The recommendations also focus on the important issues of quality, equity and justice. Read or download your free copy here: hdl.handle.net/11599/4132 ... See MoreSee Less

Apply now for COL’s ODL Research Mentorship Programme 2024!

Building on the success of the 2023 #COL4D Open and Distance Learning #ODL Practitioner Research Training and Mentorship programme,  new applications are invited for 2024.

COL received 172 applications from 20 different countries last year. After a careful selection process, mentees were allocated to the 14 experienced mentors. By the end of 2023, 23 mentees successfully completed the programme, and many have already submitted publications for peer review and publication based on this work.

The mentoring programme consists of online training and mentorship over a nine-month period focussed on practitioner research on ODL in higher education. This programme has established a network of mentors to support mentees, promote high-quality research in ODL and encourage the sharing of research findings through online fora and publications.

For this year’s cohort, participants may be any early-career academics from public #highereducation institutions in the Commonwealth. They should already have obtained a PhD. COL has increased the list of mentors from 14 to 20 experts in the field of ODL to assist successful applicants in 2024.

Applications must be submitted by 8 March 2024 via https://forms.office.com/r/5eiMRPzDct

For more information on the programme, the mentors and the application process, you can download the brochure here: https://www.col.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/24_ED_ODL_PRTraining_rev2.pdf

Apply now for COL’s ODL Research Mentorship Programme 2024!

Building on the success of the 2023 #COL4D Open and Distance Learning #ODL Practitioner Research Training and Mentorship programme, new applications are invited for 2024.

COL received 172 applications from 20 different countries last year. After a careful selection process, mentees were allocated to the 14 experienced mentors. By the end of 2023, 23 mentees successfully completed the programme, and many have already submitted publications for peer review and publication based on this work.

The mentoring programme consists of online training and mentorship over a nine-month period focussed on practitioner research on ODL in higher education. This programme has established a network of mentors to support mentees, promote high-quality research in ODL and encourage the sharing of research findings through online fora and publications.

For this year’s cohort, participants may be any early-career academics from public #highereducation institutions in the Commonwealth. They should already have obtained a PhD. COL has increased the list of mentors from 14 to 20 experts in the field of ODL to assist successful applicants in 2024.

Applications must be submitted by 8 March 2024 via forms.office.com/r/5eiMRPzDct

For more information on the programme, the mentors and the application process, you can download the brochure here: www.col.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/24_ED_ODL_PRTraining_rev2.pdf
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