Distance learning

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This is a six-week, task-oriented MOOC that focuses on how to select, evaluate and use Open Educational Resources (OER) to help support quality in teacher education. Teacher development is a highly complex process and there are many different ideas about the best way to prepare and support quality teachers.

This course is part of a collection of courses called TESS-India, so you may find other courses here that maybe of interest to you. The TESS-India model of school leadership and management further engages school leaders, teacher educators and state administrators in understanding and applying effective management strategies, such as school self-review, improvement planning, assessment and defining school culture.

Freely available to all, TESS-India’s comprehensive toolkit of 191 Open Educational Resources (OER) equips teachers with the knowledge to actively engage their students in meaningful learning. The toolkit comprises of 105 teacher development units, 20 school leadership units, 10 principles of practice, 55 videos of authentic classroom teaching and a compendium offering sample teaching learning pathways through the OER.

Resources can be selected, sequenced and adapted flexibly, according to your needs and priorities.

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The spread of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent closure of many universities has severely disrupted academic progress across the globe. To assist lecturers with the implementation of emergency remote teaching (ERT), the Association of African Universities (AAU) and OER Africa is presenting a series of four webinars on ERT strategies.

You can access resources from the webinars below:

Webinar 1: Teaching effectively during the campus closure – Tips and tricks

Webinar 2: What to teach during campus closure

Webinar 3: How to know if learning is happening during campus closure

Webinar 4: Communicate effectively during campus closure

The webinars

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Teaching early reading in Africa with African Storybook is a course that introduces you to active teaching approaches that you can use to teach early reading. You will have the opportunity to practise new approaches in your classroom in a structured and supported way. This course should open up possibilities for your teaching and gives you the confidence to experiment with new approaches. It provides ideas and tools that will enable you to become more expert in the field of early reading.

Teaching early reading in Africa is developed by The Open University's Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme in partnership with the South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE)'s African Storybook Initiative.

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ACDE (African Council for Distance Education), OU (Open University), IET (Institute of Educational Technology) and TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa) have teamed up to bring you Pathways for learning: Models of support for educators moving online.

• The pandemic has accelerated the need to provide good quality online teaching in a very short time.
• There are a range of online courses and free materials available to teachers to help them obtain the skills to move their curriculum online. However, there is a lack of understanding of how these courses and activities can be curated, personalised, or delivered in a supported way to help educators achieve meaningful learning outcomes.

Two ‘pathways for learning’ are offered, to support educators moving to more teaching and learning at a distance and online:
Pathway 1: ‘Making teacher education relevant for 21st Century Africa’
For all heads of education faculties and departments, education lecturers and teacher educators.

Pathway 2: ‘How to take your teaching online’
For all head of faculties and departments, university lecturers, educators and staff who support online teaching.

tessa128Source : TESSA on line course Making teacher education relevant for 21st century Africa

For many years teachers and teacher educators have had limited access to resources to support their work. With the availability of Open Education Resources (OER) since 2002 this has changed. There are now many free, helpful teaching resources available on the internet which will help teachers and teacher educators learn how to develop active approaches to teaching and learning.

Thumb 55Open course offered by Commonwealth of Learning (COL), license CC-BY-SA

Course Overview :
COL developed this course to assist managers and educators of TVET institutes to explore issues involved in introducing blended and technology-supported learning strategies into formal TVET systems and institutions.

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Curated curriculum support content is available on the landing page of the DBE (Department of Basic Education) website with the link to the page has also made available on the site’s home page

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Source : ADEA

The KICD "Kenya Education Cloud" has diverse digital content based on a variety of learning areas presented through interactive pdf, epubs, audio and visual.


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To ensure learning continues at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education, through the Rwanda Education Board (REB), with the support of UNICEF, have availed open resources in the form of supplementary self-directed learning materials on the REB website for free access by teachers, parents, guardians and students in particular for learning while at home.

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Making teacher education relevant for 21st century Africa is based on the award-winning TESSA MOOC of the same name. The course looks at ways of supporting teachers and teacher educators in developing new approaches to teaching, in particular:

  • active teaching and learning, and what they look like in practice
  • the potential of ICT to support active teaching and learning
  • using OER in general, and TESSA resources in particular.

You can study on your own or with a group of colleagues. If internet access is a problem, you can download all the course content (except for the quizzes) and study offline. You will need to return online to complete the quizzes.

This course is free and gives you the opportunity to earn a free certificate with a digital badge as a recognition of your learning.