I attended the 2nd ICTs in Basic Education Community Meeting held yesterday at READ Education Trust, Ormonde. It was a follow-up to the 1st ICTs in Basic Education community of practice meeting held at RMB on 6th November 2012.
Saide was well-represented this year at a very busy eLearning Africa Conference held at the Safari Conference Centre in Windhoek, 29-31 May 2013.
How do we ensure there is quality of education delivery in Africa? How can we embed quality in elearning and teacher education? What is the role of technology and regulatory agencies? These questions were the focus of a session on the Use of Technology in Quality Assurance on 31 May 2013 at eLearning Africa in Windhoek. Greig Krull, Brenda Mallinson and Ephraim Mhlanga reported on the experiences of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) Educational Technology Initiative (ETI) quality improvement processes for online and blended course design.
Brenda and Greig facilitated a full-day workshop at the eLearning Africa conference currently on the go in Windhoek. The workshop is based on a similar half-day workshop developed by the Institute of Learning Innovation (formerly known as Beyond Distance Research Alliance), University of Leicester, UK.
The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition has recently featured 6 technologies to watch grouped by their likely timeframes for entry into mainstream higher education teaching and learning.
I presented a Moodle Administrator Workshop at Chalimbana University (formerly NISTCOL) in Zambia on the 9th and 10th of May. The workshop was arranged in association with VVOB Zambia to support an ongoing programme to improve quality of teaching and learning through support to Zambian Colleges of Education. The primary aim of this workshop was to build capacity in Moodle Interface Design and review possible Mobile Moodle Solutions for the various colleges.
I have just returned from a two-week
assignment in Patna, in the State of Bihar, in the north eastern corner of
India. The State of Bihar is committed to implementing the Right to Education
commitment of 2009 but its need for new teachers far exceeds the capacity of
its full-time teacher education colleges to supply, even with support from
IGNOU. The State has 39 100 unqualified teachers in elementary school
classrooms at present and needs to recruit and train about 250 000 more
over the next year or two. However, currently the State’s existing colleges
graduate only about 5 000 new teachers a year, with a maximum capacity of
about 8 000. This is too few graduates even to address normal attrition
The Saide Ed Tech team has recently been engaged in supporting the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) in the online deployment of the OER courses developed during their involvement in the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Schooling OER project initiated in 2009. At the conclusion of this project NAMCOL had completed materials development in the following Grade 10 subjects: Entrepreneurship, Life Science, English, and Physical Science.
The week commencing Monday 11th March was an eventful one for the Saide African Storybook Project (ASP) team. For the past few weeks there had been intensive exchange of emails about the project In- country Coordinators for two of the three pilot countries of Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. On the afternoon of Monday 11th March, Dorcas Wepukhulu and Juliet Tembe from Kenya and Uganda respectively arrived at Saide. They are the In-country Coordinators for the two respective countries for the ASP. They were met by Tessa Welch, the Project Leader who ushered them into the Saide boardroom for a project introductory session that afternoon.