Distance learning

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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.