One-day professional development training on ‘Blended Learning: Facilitating a Higher Learning Experience’ was provided on 23rd March 2019 for Wanakha Central School in Paro Bhutan. A total of 28 participants including the school Principal, Vice Principal, 22 teachers and 4 trainee teachers on practicum attended the training.
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Animation of the Blended Learning Platform through a workshop on ”Software Clickers” at Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka
On Thursday, 14 March 2019, 23 faculty members attended a four-hour workshop at the Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Dhaka. Almost all the participants are affiliated with the teacher education program. The academics completed the course on “Software Clickers”, which is one of the 20 courses offered by the BTeae project on their moodle platform. Md.
Both BLTeae partners in Pakistan, International Islamic University Islamabad and NUML continue to be busy promoting the courses available on Moodle. During a recent session at IIUI, Prof. Dr. N. B. Jumani, team leader from IIUI and Dr. Sufiana Khatoom team leader from NUML led a session which was attended by the Chairperson of the Department of Education, Dr. Shamsa Aziz, all team members from the Department and students.
Prof. Dr. Sufiana Khatoon, the country focal person of BLTeae (Blended learning courses for teacher educators between Asia and Europe) project in Pakistan recently organised a face to face meeting with teachers and prospective teachers of the Federal College of Education (FCE) Islamabad, Pakistan in the conference hall of the college. A large number of teachers and prospective teachers attended the meeting. Prof. Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Jumani along with his team from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan, also attended the meeting.
Department of Education IIUI, Pakistan trains Prospective Teachers to Implement Interactive Radio Instruction at Schools
Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) is an instructional approach which is based on the use of interactive lessons delivered through either radio broadcast or audiocassette. An "audio" teacher directs the lessons while classroom teachers serve as facilitators. IRI has been used in developing countries worldwide to improve the quality of education across a range of school subjects and to serve as a form of teacher development. The approach is “interactive” because the radio “teacher” speaks to students and students respond to radio prompts.
A face to face meeting was held with the faculty members of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad on 16/01/2019 at Belarus center Nazir Library. Prof. Dr. Sufiana Khatoon, the country focal person of BLTeae (Blended learning courses for teacher educators between Asia and Europe) project in Pakistan, was the organizer of this meeting. She summarised and highlighted the aim and the key activities of the BLTeae project.
A four day international training course was organised at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad on 10-13 December. This course, entitled “New competence for online learning and teaching: activities for online tutors” was set up to provide a capacity building opportunity for teachers under the Erasmus+ capacity building project “Blended Learning Courses for Teacher Educators between Asia and Europe” (BLTeae). Prof. Dr. Sufiana Khatoon Malik, the country focal person of BLTeae in Pakistan, was the lead organiser for this training event. .
It was a busy day today in NUML (University of Modern Language) Pakistan. Dr Helen Barrett known as “the grandmother of ePortfolio” gave an online presentation based on her extensive experience in this field. Helen described two main approaches to Portfolio development; that of portfolio as process/workspace (supporting learning and reflection) and that of portfolio as product/showcase (supporting assessment/accountability and self-marketing/employment)
Our 4 day training course in Pakistan hosted and organised by Sufiana Khatoon Malik and her team got off to a busy start this morning with the official opening led by the Rector of NUML and the invited chief guest, the German ambassador. This 4 day course includes talks and workshops led by practitioners from Pakistan, France, Malaysia and Belgium
Paro College of Education held a half day seminar titled ‘Blended Learning: Facilitating a Higher Learning Experience’ on 16th November 2018. A total of over 300 participants attended the seminar, including external guests, faculty and students of Paro College of Education. The aim of the seminar was to create awareness and initiate a dialogue amongst participants who are key stakeholders to both school and higher education settings on the basic concept of Blended Learning, its opportunities and challenges and more importantly, the way forward.
Fifteen lecturers took part in the first series of the training course in Universiti Teknologi MARA Sarawak, Campus Samarahan 2 sponsored by the Universiti Teknologi MARA Sarawak during the Week without Walls, an initiative of a week free from the normal classroom. Associate Prof Dr. Margaret Chan first introduced the BLTeae 20 online Modules before focusing on the Social Media in Teaching module. Presentations of the four sub-modules were delivered by Associate Prof Dr. Ling Siew Eng on Teaching with Facebook, Associate Prof Dr.
Maria-Antonietta Impedovo and her colleagues from ESPE, Aix-Marseille University in France recently had an article published (in French) about the BLTeae project in ADJECTIVE an initiative of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). This article provides background and information on BLTeae as a hybrid training course for teacher trainers aimed at target groups in Europe and Asia. You can read the full article here.
As part of the activities to achieve the BLTeae dissemination and impact goals in Bangladesh, Dr. Md. Saifuddin Khalid (Aalborg University) conducted an online workshop on 27th September, 2018 for the faculty members of BGC Trust University Bangladesh in collaboration with their institutional quality assurance cell (IQAC). The workshop was titled “Blended Learning, Software Clicker – Socrative and Design Science Research”. The BLTeae project and the blended learning platform was introduced.
Samtse College of education held the first staff faculty retreat program in the outset of Autumn Semester 2018. The program was coordinated by the Center of Contemplative Counseling Education and Research. It was on mindfulness practice and it aimed to give the lecturers some time and space away from their hectic life. The coordinator of the retreat program Mrs Dechen Wangmo said that such kind of practice will help us relax, enhance our concentration power and help us overcome any kind of stresses that we are going through.
A reading program was started on April 14 2018 by Miss Sonam Zangmo accompanied by fifteen PgDE students in Samtse Lower Secondary school to help students having poor reading habits from illiterate family background.
This program aims to provide an opportunity to build reading habits of students lacking reading skills, offering platform to showcase their talents and meaningfully engage students for need of an academic excellence.
The project partnership is delighted to announce that the National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE) in Pakistan has joined BLTeae as an associated partner to help boost the project’s reach and to involve more teachers and teacher trainer
The project team were delighted to learn recently that BLTeae as a case study has made it through the first round of judging in the 4th International e-Learning Excellence Awards 2017. These awards were estabished in 2015 by ACPIL to showcase innovative examples of e-Learning use. These examples are presented through case histories which can be written by academics, teachers, business professionals or students.
Maria Antonietta Impedovo from ESPE recently presented BLTeae at the SFERE Conference organised in Aix-Marseille University. The title of the conference was “Learning and Education" Conditions, contexts and innovations for academic, academic and professional success”. Here is the conference website.
The Department of Education and Directorate of Distance Education, International Islamic University Islamabad Pakistan shared information about the project and its activities during a session in an International Seminar on “Education for National Development” organized by Department of Education, International Islamic University Islamabad in collaboration of the Higher Education Commission Pakistan which took place on April 11th.
The BLTeae partner in Malaysia, IPGKBL conducted a one-day face -to-face training for online tutors on 28 March 2018. The participants were 42 teacher educators from the institute. The course was organised in 4 different sessions which we summarise here.
BLTeae partner NUML took an active role in a recent international conference which took place in HEC Islamabad on 19-20 March where leaflets about the project were distributed. NUML was also involved in an international conference on education at Islamia University Bahwalpur on the same dates. Participants in both events were particularly eager to find out more about the training courses being organised by the project and many expect to take part once these become available.
Paro and Samtse Colleges of Education organised a total of three project information events for both pre-service and in-service teachers and school principals. The first half day information event was organised on 30th December, 2017 at Tashi Yoedling Hotel in Thimphu for 40 school teachers and principals who had come from schools across Bhutan to attend a week-long educational action research training course.
The second BLTeae project meeting took place this week in Bhutan when leaders of partner institutions met to take stock of project progress. This meeting took place at roughly the half way point in the lifetime of this 3-year project which made it particularly important for all partners to share their experiences as well as their ideas and strategies for reaching the goals of the project.
A training course for teachers and teacher educators led by the BLTeae project team is taking place all this week in Bangladesh. This 4 day training course is organised and hosted in Dhaka, the capital and largest city of Bangladesh by the BLTeae partners University of Dhaka and the Bangladesh Open University.
E-portfolio and animations in learning are two new popular trends in education and have replaced a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction method with computer based learning. Through e-portfolio and animated learning, online activities are integrated in a planned and valuable manner to ensure maximum learning.
A well-attended 1-hour dissemination seminar was arranged by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in Seminar Hall, CII, Ibn-e-Khaldun Block at the National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad on 20 November 2017. The chief guest at this seminar was Brig. Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General, NUML.
As an active partner in the BLTeae project, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad, Pakistan is playing a proactive role in achieving its objectives and organised a highly stimulating dissemination seminar on 25th October, 2017. This seminar was hosted and organised by Prof. Dr. Sufiana Khatoon Malik, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The audience included teaching faculty and heads of social sciences departments. Prof.
BLTeae was recently presented and discussed during the 5th International Conference of RAIFFET 2017 which took place in Douala, Cameroon from October 24 to 27. The title of the conference was "Technological education, professional training and innovation dynamics at the service of society".
The Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) in the International Islamic University, New Campus, Islamabad in Pakistan organised a training session on 8 May for faculty members of the Department of Education, Psychology, History and English on developing instructional material for the dual mode of learning. In his opening address Prof. Dr. N. B. Jumani, DDE and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, welcomed participants and introduced the resource persons of the training. Prof. Dr. Jumani briefed participants about the development of materials and the structure of the units.
A two-day National Conference on Education and Sustainable Development (NCESD-2017) was held at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Pakistan on October 3-4, 2017. The conference was organised by the Department of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, NUML with the sponsorship of the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. The conference was aimed at sensitising people about the role of quality education as a key driver of sustainable development.
A team from the National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE) recently visited the Department of Education, International Islamic University Islamabad for the re-accreditation of the BS Education program and accreditation of B.Ed Elementary Education program. More specifically, this 3-day visit included an external audit of the BS and B.Ed (Elementary) Education programs in accordance with National Standards for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs devised by NACTE.
The National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad in Pakistan arranges in-service teacher training workshops on a continuous basis for their professional grooming. The Department of Education recently organised a 10-day workshop on “Evaluation Strategies at Higher Education Level: Pros and Cons” from 11th till 22nd September, 2017 under the patronage of the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr Sufiana Khatoon Malik. The workshop coordinator and focal person for the workshop was Dr. Saira Nudrat.
The learning outcomes of this workshop included:
The first dissemination activity for the BLTeae project in Aix-Marseille University is taking place on 27 September alongside the event "Federative Structure of Studies and Research in Education of Provence" (SFERE-Provence). This one day event is dedicated to discussions and presentations on the topics of teaching, education and training.
Samtse College of Education launched its Master of Education (M.Ed) in Science and Mathematics on 26th July 2017 which will be led by Dr. Nandu Giri, Professor in Chemistry. This is a two year full-time programme made up of 12 modules and a dissertation. The programme aims to enhance both the subject knowledge and the pedagogical competencies of the learners, as well as inculcating research, critical thinking analysis and investigative work skills through various avenues.
A six-member team from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) headed by Dr. Kim Duk Ho, Senior Research Fellow in the Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS) visited the Bangladesh Open University (BOU) eLearning Centre in the Gazipur main campus on 2 August 2017. The objective of their mission was to assess the impact of the KOICA-funded TA (Technical Assistance) project on the IVCR (Interactive Virtual Classroom) at the BOU and to support the eLearning Centre in improving the ICT and Web-Based Learning System in the University.
The agreement on the part of UITM to take part in the BLTeae Erasmus+ project was recently finalised with the handing over of the research agreement to the researchers by Professor Dato Dr. Jamil Hamali, Rector of UiTM Sarawak on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of UiTM.
Prof. Dr. Sufiana Khatoon Malik, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), BLTeae partner in Pakistan has been leading the organisation of Reflective Practice sessions with pre-service teachers. Here is her description of what is involved in these sessions.
The School of Teaching and Education (ESPE) of Aix-Marseille University, Director of the RAIFFET association, is organising from October 24th to October 27th, 2017 the fifth international symposium of RAIFFET in Douala, Cameroon. RAIFFET is the African network of TVET teacher training institutions.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan organised the National Consultative Conference on Monday, 29th May 2017.
Every year on April 30th, Paraguay honours teachers and cultural workers who prepare the next generation for the future. ESPE in Aix-Marseille University has been hosting a group of 20 Paraguayan trainees from February 27 to May 25 involved in a training course for teachers in primary and secondary schools as well as educators. This group of 20 Paraguayans studying at the ESPE of Aix-Marseille Universitywanted to celebrate this day at the ESPE in Aix-en-Provence.
A few months after the kick-off meeting of the BLTeae project in Marseille, a French team from the ESPE (School of Teaching and Education) of Aix-Marseille University, attended the second transnational meeting of the XENIOS ZEUS project, which took place in Palermo, Italy from May 4th to May 7th. XENIOS ZEUS is a Erasmus+ Strategic partnership, the full name of the project is 'eXpanding Educational Training actIvities fOr refugeeS in Zones of apprEndship Utilising educational Structures'.
The UiTM Sarawak branch team recently took the opportunity to create awareness among the public especially the parents, family and friends of the 1,545 graduates who attended the 86th convocation of UiTM Sarawak branch on the 3-4 May 2017. A bunting was displayed at the foyer of the Jubilee Hall where the ceremony took place. The bunting contents included an introduction and objectives of the ERASMUS project and the partner countries.
Samste College of Education in Bhutan is working towards the launch of Master of Education (M. Ed) programme with concentrations in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Mathematics by July 2017. It is a two year full-time programme. The programme is intended to enhance the theoretical competency and professional skills of science and mathematics teachers in secondary schools in the country. It will require the students to embark on educational research to make informed teaching and decision.
Renewal of the UNESCO Chair “Science and technology education and teacher training” for the period 2017 to 2021
The School of Teaching and Education (Ecole Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Education - ESPE) of Aix-Marseille University just obtained the renewal of the UNESCO Chair “Science and technology education and teacher training” for the period 2017 to 2021.
Upon coming back from the kick-off meeting on BLTeae in Aix-Marseille Université in France, the Malaysia team brought together all project members from the Universiti Teknologi MAR A, Sarawak Branch (UiTM) and Institute of Teachers Education, Batu Lintang Campus (IPGBL) on 23 Feb and 7 April to share the agenda and discuss themeeting.
The ITEBLC 21st Century Carnival 2017 held from 3-22 April this year is an annual event organised by the Institute of Teacher Education Batu Lintang Campus in collaboration with Sarawak State Education Department. The theme of the carnival is ‘ Teaching for Understanding’. More than 1000 participants took part in the carnival which included lecturers, student teachers, headmasters, school teachers and pupils' parents from Kuching and some selected rural primary schools.
The Centre for Educational Research and Development at the Paro College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan is hosting the 7th International art in early childhood conference from 15-18 April 2017.
BLTeae project partners from the National University of Modern Languages & the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) met on March 17 in Islamabad to discuss their first steps in the project. This will include working together on developing some of the planned training modules, sharing efforts to promote the project through their respective university websites and media channels and planning for the different social media and other channels that will be put in place to support the growth of the planned learning community.
Paro College of Education, one of the constituent colleges of the Royal University of Bhutan is working towards introduction of the first ever PhD programme in Bhutan - PhD in Education and Gross National Happiness (GNH) which is scheduled to launch in 2019. Gross National Happiness is the development philosophy of Bhutan introduced by the Fourth King sometimes in the early 1970s. Since 2010 the Ministry of Education has introduced the ‘Educating for GNH’ programme in the entire schools to transform the education system into one that will be guided by the philosophy of GNH.