Feasibility of MOOCs to Facilitate Awareness of the Sri Lankan School Teacher on Online Teaching-Learning Platform

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Chinthaka Naleen, Viyangoda Gamage
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Inspiring Innovations // Covid-19 pandemic crippled the conventional education system, forcing it to shift to mandatory online teaching-learning platforms that the teachers found difficult to adapt without proper training. However, recent research shows that MOOCs can be used as a method of teacher training (Koukis & Jimoyiannis, 2019; Tang, 2021). This survey was conducted to determine the feasibility of implementing a MOOCs based awareness programme about online teaching-learning platforms and tools in teacher training programmes (TTP). With more than two hundred thousand teachers islandwide, it was initially planned to train the teachers on the effective use of online tools. After the preliminary investigations, a Google form-based questionnaire was used with a purposive sample of teachers (n=70) around the country, representing different locations. Moreover, Interviews with selected teachers, sectional heads and principals were conducted. The SOLR Model (Yu & Richardson, 2015) has been used as the theoretical model. Results of the initial investigation show a lack of digital literacy and proper devices to be used in online TTP. Therefore, those aspects were investigated prior to the implementation of the MOOCs. It was identified that lack of literacy in certain areas prevented the maximum utilisation of available resources. Thus, either these issues must be resolved before implementing the MOOCs or making the sample aware as a separate part of the teaching process. After identifying the limitations, this study is expected to carry on further with the intention of implementing the first stage of MOOCs to provide basic knowledge on online learning and the tools required for the purpose, which is expected to narrow the digital divide among the teachers. // Paper ID 2327
Teacher Education, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Digital Literacy, Online Learning
Sri Lanka