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eDiscussion through the Education Hub Community of Practice
Leading up the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM), held from 22-26 June 2015 in the Bahamas, the Education Hub held an eDiscussion surrounding the issues and challenges in integrating ICT tools – technological devices, Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – into a country’s overall education system.
The discussion highlighted that the use of Information and COmmunications Technologies (ICTs) will be central to learning at all levels in future and that educational models will change dramatically as a result. Policy-makers and educators alike will need to adapt to support this change, focusing in particular on – broadband provision, educator training, higher-education business models, and ICT policy integration.
- Increasing broadband access for education should be a priority for Governments in developing countries to enable integration of ICT in teaching and learning
- ICT in education policies need to be reviewed in light of technological advances, ensuring integration between ICT and education policies and the inclusion of relevant sections of OER and MOOCs to provide direction at national level
- ICT in education policies need to be backed by clear implementation plans, with sufficient political will and funds to ensure integration
- Instituting monitoring and evaluation mechanisms at national and institutional level to assess ICT in education initiatives, would help integrate lessons learnt and assist sustainability
- Quality assurance and accreditation bodies need to articulate new frameworks to enable recognition and credit transfer for MOOCs
- Continuous professional development of teachers and academics in ICT integration for teaching and learning should be considered central to all ICT in education initiatives
Issues discussed in detail:
- Access to technology
- OER and MOOCs
- Focus on teachers
- Mainstreaming ICT integration
- ICT in education policies
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