COL launches new platform for digital education skills

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Recognising the need for digital education skills for lifelong learning and access to quality education for all, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has launched an online platform named Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA). It is an open access platform for both teachers and students to improve their skills through repetition and practice at their own time, space and pace.

The platform is designed to assist teachers and students to (i) assess their digital education skills; (ii) learn digital education skills based on areas that needs improvements, and (iii) receive a certificate according to their depth of understanding-Beginner, Intermediate and Fluent. The platform allows students and teachers to develop communities and demonstrate their effective use of digital education tools, and thereby influence others as leaders in digital education skills.

Launching the platform, COL’s Education Specialist: eLearning, Dr Sanjaya Mishra said “Digital Education skills will be the primary skills for success in the 21st century. Through this platform COL intends to strengthen the digital education skills environment in the Commonwealth.” Working with the governments and educational institutions of Commonwealth Member States, COL will support the adoption of C-DELTA to create an enabling environment and culture of lifelong learning.

The curriculum framework for C-DELTA has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The modules have been developed by experts and peer-reviewed by an advisory group from across the Commonwealth, under the leadership of Dr Laura Czerniewicz and Dr Cheryl Brown.

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