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    Report on Pacific TVET Toolkit Regional Practitioners’ Workshop
    (2023-11) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    This report provides a summary of proceedings and key messages from the Pacific TVET Toolkit Regional Practitioners Workshop in October 2023. A more detailed record of information outputs from the group discussions including photographs is also available. The recommendations in this report draw on all information and suggestions shared through the workshop discussions. As such, if any questions arise in relation to the impetus for recommendations, the more detailed record should be accessed.
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    Report of the Benchmarking of Technology-Enabled Learning at Universiti Sains Malaysia
    (2024-02) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    This report presents the findings of the TEL benchmarking carried out at the USM during September - November 2023. It provides an overview of the methodology, the validated self-study report and an action plan developed by the USM team.
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    Report of the Benchmarking of Technology-Enabled Learning at International Islamic University Malaysia
    (2024-02) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    This report presents the findings of the TEL benchmarking carried out at the IIUM during September - November 2023. It provides an overview of the methodology, the validated self-study report and an action plan developed by the IIUM team.
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    Report of the Massive Open Online Course on Designing for Communities of Inquiry in Online Courses (DCoIMOOC2)
    (2023-12) Cleveland-Innes, Martha; Ostashewski, Nathaniel; Wilton, Daniel; Jensen-Tebb, Carmen
    This report presents an overview of the experiences of the second offering of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Designing for Communities of Inquiry in Online Courses (DCOI) offered by Athabasca University, Canada in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning. DCoIMOOC was held from October 8 to November 11, 2023. It reports on the design, development, and delivery of the DCoIMOOC and presents the preliminary findings the participant surveys and their engagements in the course.
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    Teacher Training through Open, Distance and Technology-Enabled Learning in Rwanda
    (2023-11) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    This baseline study focuses on analyzing policies and practices related to open and distance learning (ODL) and technology-enabled learning (TEL) in teacher education in Rwanda. The research, adopting a descriptive survey design, examines the status of ODL and TEL for teacher training, identifies challenges in policy practices, and proposes mitigating strategies. The findings underscore the Rwandan government's commitment to enhancing the teaching profession, with a significant increase in teaching staff across all educational levels. However, despite improvements, pupil-to-teacher ratios remain higher than Sub-Saharan Africa averages, signaling the need for increased efforts to train more teachers. The study highlights the historical emphasis on leveraging ODL and TEL in education, particularly after the 1994 genocide. Various ICT-related policies advocate for integrating technology into teacher training, but several key policies and strategies remain in draft form, indicating a gap in formal approval. Regarding ICT penetration in schools, the government has adopted smart classrooms and increased connectivity, yet challenges like maintenance and server capacity affect learning platforms' reliability. The University of Rwanda's College of Education offers blended learning, but the roadmap for ODL is unclear. The study recommends leveraging ODL/TEL as a cost-effective pathway to address the shortage of qualified teachers. It emphasises the importance of clear strategies, guidelines, and the use of MOOCs and OER for flexible continuing professional development and academic teacher education programmes. The Ministry of Education is encouraged to establish an open access repository for OER and formulate a comprehensive strategy for harnessing ODL/TEL for teacher education and professional development.