Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Multi-Modal Approach to the Design and Integration of Microlearning Resources in In-Service Teacher Training
To meet the growing demand for continuing professional development of practicing teachers, the integrated in-service teacher training (INSET) programme aims at making permanent improvements on the quality of teaching and learning for Junior Secondary School (JSS) Teachers in Sierra Leone. Within this context, a toolkit for School-Based Teacher Development was created and microlearning identified as an ideal mode to deliver the toolkit content. In this paper, we present the design considerations that informed this decision as well as challenges and lessons learned from the first implementation of the INSET project for junior secondary school teachers in Sierra Leone.A multimodal approach was considered and implemented to mitigate internet access challenges and to expand learning opportunities. These include a mobile app version of the Toolkit, offline access to microlearning resources on the TeacherFutures platform via the Moodle mobile app, a mobile app version of one INSET module, an e-portfolio to be used by participants in sharing their learnings as demonstrated and practiced during a face-to-face roll-out seminar, and finally, Whatsapp groups in which different schools engaged in discussions based on the questions on the Toolkit. Preliminary findings indicate strong preference among participants for the use of WhatsApp as the main channel of communication within the communities of practice; and very limited use of the main e-learning Moodle platform and e-Portfolio. This necessitates a need to critically evaluate the effectiveness of the design of a multimodal approach for delivering microlearning content. From this, we seek to establish a set of design considerations, capacity building and technical support issues derived from analysis of data emerging from the ongoing project rollout. This will inform future integration of Microlearning resources in the teacher training project. Participants will be encouraged to provide feedback on this approach as well as the findings resulting from the challenges and lessons learnt. //Paper ID 180
MetadataShow full item record
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Technology and Teacher Professional Development (TPD): the Process and Content of Microlearning in a School-Based Integrated In-Service Teacher Education (INSET) Project Junaid, Muhammad; Ogange, Betty; Allela, Melisa (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2019-09)Continuing teacher professional development for all teachers across the entire school system poses a challenge in many contexts, especially in developing countries. Teachers from schools located in remote rural areas usually ...
Brainard, Prince Charles; Ogange, Betty; Junaid, Muhammad; Allela, Melisa (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2019-09)The focus of this paper is on the role of an educator mentor in the conduct of a technology-enabled Community of Practice (CoP) in Junior Secondary schools (JSS) in Sierra Leone. The project is supported by the Commonwealth ...
Kaur, Abtar; Fadzil, Mansor; Abas, Zoraini W (2010-11)Open University Malaysia (OUM) is the first ODL institution in Malaysia to offer a completely pure online programme. The programme called Master of Instructional Design & Technology (MIDT) is accredited by the Malaysian ...
Factors Influencing the Adoption of Flexible Teaching Approaches in Technical Training Institutions in Kenya Tiony, Abdi K; Ferej, Ahmed; Kitainge, Kisulu (Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Open University Malaysia (OUM), 2016-11)The goal of training in technical training institutions is to produce highly skilled graduates with competencies to handle various challenges in technology oriented fields. The continuing need to improve the quality of ...
Dogra, Bharti (2010-11)The introduction of life skills education was in response to the need to reform traditional education systems, which appear to be out of step with the realities of modern social and economic life. The role of the teacher ...