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Making Teacher Education Relevant for 21st Century Africa

Play your part in transforming education in Africa - get teachers ready for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course

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Making Teacher Education Relevant for 21st Century Africa

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Help African teachers use active learning and ICT in the classroom

Major changes are needed in African schools to raise achievement and cope with rapidly increasing student numbers. Learner-centred approaches, improved internet connectivity and the recent UNESCO ICT competency framework provide opportunities to do this.

This online course will help those who work with or train teachers in Africa make these changes happen. You’ll find out how to incorporate open educational resources (OERs) into teacher education, and help teachers use active learning and ICT.

What topics will you cover?

  • Examine what is meant by ‘learner-centred education’;
  • Focus on the ‘how’ of active teaching and learning and learner-centred education;
  • Introduce the UNESCO ICT Competency framework for teachers, and exploring the role of teacher educators in supporting teachers to enact these practices;
  • Provide examples of classroom practice which draws on ICT to support learning;
  • Introduce OER in general and, TESSA in particular, as a way of supporting their own work and the work of pre-service and in-service teachers in developing active approaches to teaching and learning.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop a plan to incorporate ICT tools and OER into your own practice to support the learning of the teachers and student teachers you are working with
  • Explain how ICT tools can be used to enhance teacher learning and promote active learning in school
  • Engage with the TESSA OER and identify ways in which they can be integrated into your teaching
  • Collect specific examples to show how ICT can be integrated into classroom teaching to enhance learning
  • Explore and evaluate OER repositories that that are relevant to your practice and support active teaching and learning
  • Collaborate with colleagues in order to review practice in your institution
  • Explain and demonstrate the values and practices that support learner-centred education

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone who works with or trains pre-service or in-service teachers in Africa, including teacher educators, headteachers, education officers, lecturers, tutors, and teachers working together to provide peer-support. You’ll learn with The Open University’s TESSA network, which has provided free, digital resources to African teachers since 2008.

Who will you learn with?

Kris Stutchbury

Kris is a University-based teacher educator and researcher, with 20 years classroom experience. She is Academic Director of TESSA and teaches on the Open University, Masters in Education programme.

Clare Woodward

After many years teaching English language overseas Clare joined the OU in 2009. She has worked on a range of international projects focusing on teacher professional development and curriculum reform

Liz Chamberlain

Dr. Liz Chamberlain is a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, where she is Programme Leader for the Education Studies degree. Liz is passionate about working with students & teacher educators.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa, TESSA, is a collaborative network to help you improve your practice as a teacher or teacher educator.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $34 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Statement of Participation

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course.

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  • Prove your hard work when applying to jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your commitment to learning
  • Help your CV or LinkedIn profile stand out

To receive a Statement of Participation you need to mark 50% of the steps on the course as complete.

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