In Teacher Education, OER Africa has built a committed and mutually rewarding relationship with TESSA, the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa project, culminating in the establishment, in 2010, of the African Teacher Education OER Network (ATEN). The goal of the African Teacher Education OER Network is to assist African teacher educators to inform and influence policy in their own institutions in respect to OER, and share expertise, experience and resources to improve teacher education in local contexts.
In collaboration with TESSA, an important achievement in 2011 was the stimulation of inter-institutional conversation about OER through the successful Pre-Conference Workshop attached to the Distance Education and Teacher Training in Africa (DETA) 2011 Conference in Maputo. Secondly, the OER Africa Teacher Education Space was launched on our website, which organized OER under these themes (Education Studies, Mathematics, and School Leadership). Most of these OER are being actively used by a variety of teacher education institution.
Thirdly, we are working with the National In-Service College of Open Learning in Zambia (NISTCOL) currently in the process of transformation into Chalimbana University [of Education] on OER creation and integration into distance teacher education programs as well as with the University of Dar es Salaam and their two affiliated Colleges of Education, Makwawa and Dar-es-Salaam, on e-Learning materials development integrating OER and multimedia. At the same time, we are facilitating collaboration between oer4schools (a project of the University of Cambridge) and Unisa to integrate technology into their science and mathematics education programs in ways that are informed by a pedagogic concern for increased learner engagement and interaction.
In the first and last weeks of March 2012, OER Africa co-facilitated workshops for UDSM at Makwawa University College of Education in Iringa, Tanzania and for Chalimbana University (formerly NISTCOL) in Chalimbana, Zambia. These workshops resulted in updated action plans. Also in the last week of March, we participated in a workshop at Unisa to explore the possibility of collaboration between the Unisa College of Education (CEDU) and the Centre for Commonwealth education oer4schools project at the University of Cambridge.
In addition, we facilitated with TESSA and University of Cape Coast staff, preparations for a pre-conference workshop in Ghana, as a precursor to the 56th ICET conference, that, among other things, sought to establish the interest groups that we see forming the core of ATEN work in the next period viz. Early Childhood Development (ECD), Science Education, Mathematics, and School Leadership.
2013 Pre-conference workshop
28th and 29th July 2013
DETA - Preconference workshop
University of Nairobi, Kenya
2012 Pre-conference workshop
8th and 9th July 2012
ICET - Preconference workshop
University of Cape Coast, Ghana
2011 Pre-conference workshop
2nd and 3rd August 2011
DETA - Preconference workshop
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