About This Course
This course starts by introducing teachers to basic concepts in ICT, focusing on basic maintenance and troubleshooting, hardware and using the internet, word processing, spreadsheets, email, and social media. Teachers are then introduced to the concept of open distance and online learning, including tools for teaching learners remotely. The module outlines various online technologies and tools, including no-tech tools such as study packs, tutorials and modules. It then proceeds to outline low-tech tools such as email, text messaging, and WhatsApp. The module ends by exploring high-tech tools or learning management systems, such as Google Classroom and Moodle, and engages teachers on practical activities in conducting online classes and using content authoring tools.
The second part of this course introduces teachers to the concept of digital literacy, and illustrates different definitions and theories. The third part of the course focuses on activities that allow teachers to develop their own interventions in their context, planning their lessons and developing their content. The module then moves on to introduce teachers to learning theories and the concept of instructional design, outlining different approaches and methods of instructional design. The module explores successful strategies for planning lessons and developing engaging and interactive content for remote learning, as well as ways of creating opportunities and platforms for feedback and assessment. Teachers are also taught practical steps for designing an online lesson and generating teaching content using low tech-tools such as WhatsApp, and high-tech tools using specific learning management systems. In addition, tools used to create online content such as Google Classroom and Moodle are explored in detail, including other Learning Management Systems (LMS) with offline functionality.
The course will be delivered by renowned experts in distance and online learning and is comprised of two one-week modules and one two-week module. Each module consists of presentations, lecture notes, reading lists, and related resources (such as videos, bibliography, reports, and study cases, among others). You can download or view the course brochure here.
Meet the Course Instructors
Jonah Mungoshi is an international award-winning facilitator for in-person, online, and radio-based training with almost 20 years’ of diverse experience, including over 10 years in radio broadcasting presenting educational programmes. He is one of only 10 British Council validated master trainers in Africa for the flagship Connecting Classrooms programme, which empowers teachers and school leaders through mastery of 21st century skills and has designed and facilitated face-to-face and online interventions for the British Council, UNDP, UNESCO, USAID, WFP, UNICEF, and UNHCR, among others. He has also been involved in piloting innovative online educational programmes, including Teaching Enterprise Skills in theUK, Core Skills for TVET College Lecturers in– South Africa, and Progression in Core Skills for Curriculum Developers in Kenya.
Lovemore Ndlovu is a leading teacher professional development specialist with almost 30 years of experience, including 14 years as an assessment manager and as a lecturer and consultant working across different stakeholders, ranging from education ministries to bilateral and multilateral organizations. He holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and has extensive experience in design and implementation of education programmes in the area of teacher professional development, distance learning, curriculum, and assessment. He is also a researcher, author, and learning materials developer.