Professional development of teacher educators with collaborative learning designs and networking in the OUSL: MATE (International) program.

S. Karunanayaka, D. Lekamge, C. Gunawardena, Somaiya Naidu, M Menon

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    Abstract

    In order to address the growing need for quality teacher education in the South Asian Region, the Department of Education at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) with the assistance of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) launched the Master of Arts in Teacher Education (MATE) 'International Programme in February 2005. This paper describes the development of this programme and how it supports collaboration and networking among institutional partners, individuals, as well as countries, at various levels including programme design, pedagogical design and programme implementation. A unique feature of the programme is its pedagogical design, which uses authentic learning scenarios to situate learners in various key roles with challenging tasks to perform. This story-centered approach enhances development of critical skills and knowledge of teacher educators,while encouraging collaborative learning.The learning environment for the programme consists of offline as well as an online resources, local study centre support with library, computer and Internet facilities, continuous assessment leading to the final evaluation, continuous monitoring, guidance and counselling which are designed to facilitate student learning, while encouraging communication among staff and students. The collaborative learning design of the programme, and the supportive learning environment facilitate networking among individuals as well as institutions. Once offered offshore, this network will expand further.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOpen and distance education in the global environment
    Subtitle of host publicationOpportunities for collaboration
    Place of PublicationNew Delhi, India.
    PublisherIGNOU
    Pages11
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventInternational Council of Distance Education Conference (ICDE) - New Delhi, India., India
    Duration: 19 Nov 200523 Nov 2005

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Council of Distance Education Conference (ICDE)
    CountryIndia
    Period19/11/0523/11/05

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