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Change Leadership for Technology Integration
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This course proceeds or should be done concurrently with the “Planning for Technology Integration” course during which the initial planning for e-learning  and technology in the school is completed. During this course we strategise around several key elements of change leadership, such as capacity building and the cultures of learning and evaluation, which will help to sustain the change and continue growing a sense of ownership of the e-learning vision. The course also addresses ongoing implementation issues regarding support and maintenance and facing challenges adaptively.

Why Change Leadership?
When new and innovative approaches are adopted in a school e-learning plan, new technologies may be identified as resources. Both represent change/transformation in the school. Implementing a School Technology Plan requires management of processes as well as people and technology. If process and technology are changing in a school, stakeholders (the people concerned) need to feel ownership of the direction of change if educational transformation is to succeed. Therefore, being a technology leader in the school requires an understanding of the process of change leadership, because ultimately it's all about the people, especially the teachers and learners.

Subject:
Education
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Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Provider Set:
Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration
Author:
SchoolNet South Africa
Commercial Food Preparation: Local Cuisine
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Employers in Saint Lucia and the region continue to lament that employees lack the skills to operate productively and efficiently at the workplace. The local cuisine of a country is one of its unique selling points (USP) which sets it apart from other places and attracts visitors. As a country whose economy depends heavily on tourism, it is imperative that visitors continue to sample the appetizing foods that Saint Lucia has been known to create, both those that they may be familiar with in their home country and those that are unfamiliar. In that regard, a course in Commercial Food Preparation with an emphasis on preparing delicacies using local produce and variation in preparing imported produce will equip hospitality workers with the skills, knowledge and competencies of how to prepare our local produce and other produce using our signature methods and techniques as well as cater to the pallet of people of different cultures. This is likely to foster longevity of the local cuisine and maintain a particular standard of preparing foods. Moreover, since the course can be taken by any nationality, it will be a medium to market the local cuisine internationally. Most importantly, it is hoped that the emphasis on local cuisine will encourage practicing and up-coming food preparation personnel to develop even more creative ways of preparing our local produce.

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Culinary Arts
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Full Course
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
TVET Unit: Ministry of Education Innovation Gender Relations and Sustainable Development of St. Lucia
Critical Thinking & Social Media Technology
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This course is intended for people who aspire to know all about how to think smart, get logical, improve decision making skills and use social networking efficiently. The learner needs to have basic knowledge of computers and the Internet.

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Education
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Full Course
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
Graphic Era Hill University
Critical Thinking & Social Media Technology
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This course is intended for people who aspire to know all about how to think smart, get logical, improve decision making skills and use social networking efficiently. The learner needs to have basic knowledge of computers and the Internet.

Full course available at: http://hdl.handle.net/11599/2383

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Applied Science
Material Type:
Lecture
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Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
Graphic Era Hill University
Designing Learning
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The purpose of this course is to inspire you to explore the possibilities of teaching in innovative, educationally sound ways. It is a foundational course which can provide an impetus for a more detailed exploration of various aspects of innovative teaching and learning, both in terms of your own practice (as a stand-alone), but also specifically as a basis for the other courses. You will critically evaluate some current innovative approaches which are broadly constructivist in approach. By becoming familiar with some key concepts and some principles of instructional design, you will understand the need to adopt and foster a constructivist approach. You will be introduced to the habit of reflecting on your own practice, and also to discussion and collaboration within the group studying the module, thereby setting up those skills for future modules.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Provider Set:
Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration
Author:
SchoolNet South Africa
Educational App Development Toolkit for Teachers and Learners
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The Educational App Development Toolkit for Teachers and Learners is designed to introduce the basic and some intermediate concepts of Android app development on the App Inventor (AI2) platform. It provides hands-on activities and tutorials to use the Designer and Blocks Editor components of App Inventor to create apps that can be readily downloaded and used on any Android smartphone or tablet. Furthermore, the hands-on sessions will guide you on how to use features such as text-to-speech, accelerometer, speech recognition, drawing, video, games and music playback. The Toolkit also provides guidelines on how to package and distribute your app. For teachers a training plan is also provided that can be used to provide training to students in an instructor-led environment.

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Computer Science
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Activity/Lab
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Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
Ishan Sudeera Abeywardena
Education in a Digital Society
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Today’s learners can use a variety of technologies to access knowledge resources and interact globally with people. These interactions create a digital society that affords learners opportunities for education, entertainment and social interaction. Most of today’s children are comfortable using technology, but may not use it efficiently, effectively or appropriately. Teachers can create learning experiences that foster specific digital literacy skills. They can also help learners understand their roles and responsibilities as responsible digital citizens who can participate in the knowledge economy.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Provider Set:
Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration
Author:
SchoolNet South Africa
External Review Toolkit for ODL and eLearning Courses
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This document or “toolkit” serves a few key purposes. First, it seeks to help those involved in the Open Educational Resource (OER) course development process do their work according to a few important underlying principles of good instructional design. Second, if you are a subject matter expert, curriculum developer, instructor, or administrator who has taken on the role of external reviewer, this toolkit should provide some clarity about what to expect from a well-designed course.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Garment Production
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Garment production is an area of skill under high demand. Saint Lucia is known for its artistry in costume making for carnival and creative garment designs for the event ‘Hot Couture’. Garment production is a viable field because clothing is a commodity that is needed by everyone year round. However, there is need for fashion designers to be more innovative in their designs. A course in garment production has the potential to foster designers’ creativity by augmenting designs that already exist or crafting new ones. Upcoming designers will be given the opportunity to be trained and certified which are added boosts to their competencies and chances for employment and entrepreneurship.

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Career and Technical Education
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Full Course
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
TVET Unit: Ministry of Education Innovation Gender Relations and Sustainable Development of St. Lucia
Guide to Developing Open Textbooks
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This how to guide has been developed to assist teachers, teaching support personnel and educational technology administrators to: understand the value of open education, OER and open textbooks for teaching and learning; appreciate the potential value of developing an open textbook platform; select appropriate technology to build an open textbook platform, using either existing services offered free on the Internet or open-source tools, based on local needs and resources; and build, manage and maintain an open textbook platforms.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
Andrew Moore
Neil Butcher
ICT in Education Course
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This course has been developed to support the training of teachers to integrate ICT into their teaching practices. The materials, guides and activities are strongly aligned with the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT).
While the course embraces the role ICT can bring to the classroom it is also not held prisoner by the need for high end or sophisticated technology platforms. The course can be deployed in areas of limited or no connectivity via CD ROM or memory stick as most of the resources have been previously downloaded and collected. There are also web and paper based versions of the lessons and guides.
This course uses materials that are Open Education Resources (OER) or free to use for educational purposes, allowing the use and distribution, and in some instances the repurposing of the materials, at no additional cost. (See the Open License tab for more information).
But most importantly we hope the lessons are fun and engaging enough to introduce new possibilities and refresh the participant's passion for teaching and learning.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Commonwealth Secretariat
Ministry of Education (Guyana)
Author:
National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD)
ICT in Education - Teachers' Professional Development Toolkit
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This toolkit contains a set of resources used to introduce Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into Teacher Education. The utility of these resources span from creating an ICT in Education strategy, collecting education data, considering approaches to advocacy, designing curriculum to materials development and provides a set of open materials that could be used for training new or in service teachers.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Commonwealth of Learning
UNESCO
Innovative Approaches to Learning with Technology
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Teachers require the competencies and knowledge to implement learner-centred classrooms that integrate technology and foster innovative teaching and learning practices. This course builds on the foundations of knowledge of learning theories and basic technology-enhanced teaching to focus on more innovative classroom activities. This course also focuses on learner engagement, developing 21st Century skills and engaging learners in knowledge-building tasks.

Subject:
Education
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Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Provider Set:
Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration
Author:
SchoolNet South Africa
Internet Navigation
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First unit from the ICT in Education Teacher's Course on Internet Search: Teachers should be able to describe the Internet and the World Wide Web, elaborate on their uses, describe how a browser works and use a URL to access a website. (TL.4.e)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Commonwealth Secretariat
Ministry of Education (Guyana)
Author:
National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD)
National ICT Policy and Impact on Education
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This unit from the Guyana ICT in Education for Teachers Course provides training so that teachers are able to identify key characteristics of classroom practices and specify how these characteristics serve to implement policies. (TL.1.a)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Commonwealth Secretariat
Ministry of Education (Guyana)
Author:
National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD)
Open Textbooks using OER Commons Lesson Builder Tool
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This is a supplementary video for the Commonwealth of Learning Open Textbook Manual. It shows how to create Lessons in OER Commons. The OER Commons Lesson Builder allows instructors to create resources that are viewable by students as lessons, and by teachers as lesson plans with supplemental instructional resources.

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Education
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
Andrew Moore
Planning Learning Through Projects
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In earlier courses you learned about the key educational principles behind innovative approaches to learning and how digital literacy prepares students for a digital society. One way of bringing this approach to life in the classroom is through project-based approaches to learning. The purpose of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the key components of a structured project and we will use the WebQuest as an example. The course is practical, exploring and analysing existing projects, and inviting participants to develop their own project using a 4-part structure. A planning template provides a “place” where the various ideas and aspects involved in a project design can be systematically collected. Where relevant, the concepts underlying the various aspects of a project are referenced and briefly explored.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Provider Set:
Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration
Author:
SchoolNet South Africa
Planning for Technology Integration
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This course simulates a process (stretching over two courses) which school leaders could follow while planning/reviewing and preparing for technology-enhanced learning in their schools. Previous courses in this CCTI programme have shown us how technology-based resources result in an ever-changing landscape which requires stakeholders to develop a clear vision and for leaders to facilitate the capacity-building of these stakeholders to respond collectively to that vision.

Planning is a cyclic process, as shown in the image below. We will follow one cycle during the process of the two courses in this series.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Provider Set:
Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration
Author:
SchoolNet South Africa
Professional Development with Technology
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Research demonstrates that teacher professional development is most effective when it is school-based and when teachers see it as directly relevant to teaching and learning. In the digital age, professional development activities have become de-centralised and individualised. At the same time they have become globalised and collaborative. In this course, you will select a focus for your own professional development and experience the variety of resources and tools available.

You will develop recommendations for leading professional development at your school. This course builds foundational knowledge and technology skills useful for participating in the CCTI programme and for planning a school-wide professional development strategy in Course 8: Planning for Technology Integration.

Subject:
Education
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Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Provider Set:
Commonwealth Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration
Author:
SchoolNet South Africa
Quantitative Skills
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This course intends to equip learners with the knowledge and skills needed to solve problems in quantitative aptitude and handle advanced learning for further value addition.

Full course available at: http://hdl.handle.net/11599/2385

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Mathematics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
Graphic Era Hill University
Reporting on Policy Impact
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This unit from the Guyana ICT in Education for Teachers Course provides training so that teachers are able to describe and demonstrate the basic tasks and uses of word processors, such as text entry, editing text, formatting text and printing (TL.4.b ). This is done by summarising the impact of the Guyana ICT in Education policy

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Commonwealth Secretariat
Ministry of Education (Guyana)
Author:
National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD)
Visual Arts: An Introductory Course
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This course is designed to give persons interested in art and design, a foundation in basic principles, knowledge of materials and technical skills.

Subject:
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning
Author:
TVET Unit: Ministry of Education Innovation Gender Relations and Sustainable Development of St. Lucia
A report on the Re-use and Adaptation of Open Educational Resources (OER): An Exploration of Technologies Available
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Open Educational Resources (OER) are a relatively new phenomenon which is fast gaining academic credibility as well as the attention of policy makers on a global scale. With increased funding by governmental and non-governmental organisations paired with generous philanthropy, the volume of rich OER available freely to the masses has grown exponentially. As with any new academic movement, the initial challenge for the OER movement was to spread this new philosophy into mainstream academia whereby the use of OER in teaching and learning becomes accepted practice. With strong advocacy by Open Distance Learning (ODL) institutions buttressed by organisations such as the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO, OER is currently achieving this objective and is rapidly gaining acceptance as a credible source of knowledge in many an academic community. The whole philosophy of OER rests on a foundation consisting of two fundamental concepts which are (i) free and open access to knowledge; and (ii) the ability to freely adapt and re-use existing pieces of knowledge. Even though the OER movement has been quite successful in firmly planting the first concept in the academic community, the second concept of re-use and adaptation is still to take flight on a larger scale. Although there are many inhibitors to the wider adoption of the re-use concept of OER, one of the major inhibitors is the current lack in capacities among the various stakeholders to effectively utilise existing technologies to adapt and re-use OER. This in turn has created a community of passive OER consumers who are not contributing to the expansion of the movement. The objectives of this report are to (i) explore the current technology landscape with respect to both proprietary as well as Free and Open-source Software (FOSS) technologies; (ii) identify techniques, actual and in development, for re-use of OER materials; and (iii) discuss the implementation in the context of a typical ODL agency. This peer-reviewed report is a detailed catalogue of technologies available to teachers as well as learners for the re-use of OER material in the forms of text, HTML, audio, video and data. It also compares the technologies based on access, openness, usability and availability. The report will serve as a resource for teachers and learners for re-using OER mater.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Commonwealth of Learning