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New MOOC for teachers and educators in Africa

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A new free course for teachers and educators in Africa
19 October 2017

A free course is being launched for teachers and educators in Africa by the TESSA programme (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa) which is co-ordinated by The Open University. Making Teacher Education Relevant for 21st Century Africa is a four-week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which will help participants to incorporate open educational resources (OERs) into teacher education, and help teachers to use active-learning and ICT.

Making Teacher Education Relevant for 21st Century Africa will launch on 30 October 2017 on Futurelearn, and is for anyone who works with, or trains, teachers in Africa, including teacher educators, head teachers, education officers, lecturers, tutors and teachers themselves.

The team behind the MOOC said: “Major changes are needed in African schools to raise achievement and cope with rapidly increasing student numbers. Learner-centred approaches, improved internet connectivity and the recent UNESCO ICT competency framework provide opportunities to do this. This online course will help those who work with or train teachers in Africa make these changes happen.”

TESSA has been providing free, digital resources to teachers in Africa since 2008 with the aim to support the development of quality teaching and learning, and has become an award-winning teacher training programme that is now reaching more than a million teachers and teacher educators in sub-Saharan Africa. The new Making Teacher Education Relevant for 21st Century Africa course has been made possible with the support of The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust.

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