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Organization of American States (OAS)
Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI)
Department of Human Development, Education and Culture (DHDEC)


COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT
Ref: QLITY-E103.11

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Title: Teacher Education for the 21st Century: A focus on technology and collaboration to improve the quality of education in the Americas - 1st Edition.

Study Venue:  The course will be delivered entirely online (Internet) through the Educational Portal of the Americas Virtual Classroom and requires a weekly dedication of 10 hours as well as basic computer skills. (To learn about the Rules of Procedure of the Portal Virtual Classroom please click here)

Start and End Dates: September 17th, 2010 to December 11th, 2010 This edition of the course has been postponed until 2011.

Registration Deadline: This course offers a possibility to apply to Full Scholarship "A" and/or to Partial Scholarship (financial aid)  "B". You can also apply to this course by paying the full tuition by following option “B” and filling registration form

  1. Full Scholarship as part of the OAS Professional Development Scholarships program (PDSP)

    Deadline for presentation of applications to the (National Liaison Agencies ONE) differs from country to country and should, therefore, be confirmed with the relevant ONE in the applicant's country or origin.

    Requirements and steps to apply to Full Scholarhip
  1. With Partial Scholarship or Financial Aid:

    Deadline: July 30, 2010 (11:59 PM, Washington DC time) (Verify time here)

    Announcement Closed!

    Requirements and steps to apply to Partial Scholarship or Financial Aid

Course Duration: Twelve (12) weeks

Language: This course will be offered in English

Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of foundations for 21st Century teaching and learning
  • Experience hands-on integration of ICT and collaborative learning into teaching practice
  • Recognize the benefits of international collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Develop a portfolio of ICT resources relevant to future work
  • Get teachers involved in online collaboration with teachers from other countries.
  • Align ICT integration to the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework
  • Network with educators in the Caribbean and around the world who are using ICTs in their classrooms

Target Group: Teacher Educators of the Americas

The Course Program: The 12-week course is organized in modules that include selected readings and related activities accessed through an on-line teaching platform or "Virtual Classroom". The course is organized into ten content modules (one each week), as well as one week dedicated to the introduction of participants to the Virtual Classroom and its tools, and one week for the conclusion of studies and the final evaluations:

 

Session

Contents

Week 1

Getting acquainted with the virtual classroom

  • Loging into the course
  • Password test
  • Test of emails
  • Identification of possible technical issues

 

Week 2

 

Welcome and Introductions

  • How to Navigate the Online Course Environment
  • Learning and Communication in the Course
  • Pre-course self evaluation rubric
  • Introductions: Meet Your Facilitators and Peers
  • Course Syllabus and Expectations 
  • Forum Posting: National Experiences with ICT Integration and Collaborative Project Work

Week 3

Integrating ICT into the Teacher Education Classroom

  • ICT Integration in the Classroom: overview and rationale
  • Need of integrating ICT into teacher education: Forum Posting

 

Week 4

 

ICT Collaboration

  • Introduction To ICT Collaborative Project Work Theory and Practice
  • Creating Networks to build Global Learning Communities of teachers and students: Forum Posting
  • Introduction to the UNESCO ICT Competency Standards

Week 5

Collaborative Project Work - Learning Methodologies

  • Types of Collaborative Projects
  • ICT Learning Methodologies:

    1. Student Centered Learning Approaches
    2. Problem-based Learning
    3. Project-based Learning

  • iEARN Resources: exploring and categorizing iEARN projects
  • Identifying projects to present to student teachers

Week 6

ICT-Based Online Collaborative Tools: Web.2

  • Introduction to Web.2 tools: Generalities and description
  • Google Docs: building a collaborative document
  • Group task with student teachers

Week 7

ICT Collaborative Project Integration

  • Managing ICT Work in the Classroom
    • Benefits
    • Challenges
  • Legal and Ethical Issues

Week 8

Collaborative Project Assessment

  • How To Evaluate the Quality of Collaborative Project Work
  • Assessment Options
  • Authentic Performance Tasks
  • Developing Rubrics

Week 9

Portfolios

  • Definition and use of portfolios
  • Elements of a Teaching Portfolio
  • How To Share a Teaching Portfolio
  • How To Continue Adding To a Teaching Portfolio

Week 10

Teaching Unit Creation

  • Lesson Plan integrating web.2 tools

Week 11

Group Online Activity

  • Student based international online exchange

Week 12

Evaluation & Saying Goodbye

  • Ideas For Future Collaboration and Information Sharing
  • Final Reflections and Course Evaluation

 

Methodology:
This online course is delivered under the academic and technical supervision of tutors. The tutors guide participants throughout the duration of course by:

  1. helping them to access course content;
  2. suggesting reading and reference materials;
  3. analyzing and evaluating assigned activities; and
  4. resolving technical problems and answering questions.

In addition, the tutors provide students with a weekly analysis of participant responses and make individual interventions when necessary.

Certification:
Participants who successfully complete the course requirements will receive an OAS Certificate for the successful completion of the course.

Cost:
Total tuition cost for the course is USD500 (five hundred dollars).


PROCESS TO APPLY TO THIS COURSE

  1. To apply to a Full Scholarship (OAS Professional Development Program-PDSP):

  2. See requirements and other important information in the following link:
    https://www.oas.org/fms/Announcement.aspx?id=257&Type=2&Lang=Eng 

    Questions regarding application to Full Scholarship should be sent to PDSP@oas.org


  1. To apply to Partial Scholarship or Financial Aid:

Participants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be citizens or permanent residents of any OAS member country.
  2. Be currently employed as a primary or secondary level school teacher or administrator, or teacher trainer.
  3. Possess basic computer skills (use of email, Word documents, etc.).
  4. Be fluent in English.
  5. Be able to dedicate approximately 10 hours per week for course activities.
  6. Be willing to use ICTs to improve productivity.
  7. Be willing to use ICT resources to gain knowledge for professional development.
  8. Students whom you will be working with throughout the course period.
  9. Have a personal e-mail account (e-mail accounts cannot be shared).
  10. Be a registered user in the Educational Portal of the Americas (www.educoas.org)
  11. Have unrestricted access to a computer with Internet with following minimum technical specifications:


Processor
  • Proccesor: 500 MHz Intel, Pentium II o superior
  • Operative System: Windows 98, NT, 2000,  XP, Vista o Windows 7
Memory
  • 64Mb or better
Monitor
  • Minimum resolution 1024x768
Internet Access
  • 56K modem or faster
Applications
  • JavaScript active, Cookies active
Browsers
  • Internet Explorer 6 or newer
Software
  • Adobe Reader 8 or superior
  • Flash Player 7.0
  • Multimedia (optional)
  • Antivirus


NOTE:
Access to technological hardware and connectivity (internet and email) costs are the responsibility of the participant.

Financial Aid:
The SG/OAS will provide financial aid of USD250 (two hundred and fifty dollars) to participants who fulfill all the posted requirements. The final tuition cost for selected participants to financial aid will be  USD250 (two hundred and fifty dollars).

Method of Payment:
For this course, the only method of payment is with an international credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) and using an Internet secure page*

STEPS TO APPLY TO PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP (FINANCIAL AID) OR TO APPLY TO THE COURSE PAYING FULL TUITION AMOUNT
For optimal registration we recommend that you print the following instructions

1. Register as a user on the Educational Portal of the Americas:

2. Complete the Application Form before July 30th, 2010.  Participants will automatically receive an e-mail confirmation once their registration form has been received (see example). This notification means that your application has been successful, it doesn’t mean you have been selected to participate in the course. Selected participants will receive a communication beginning August 3rd, 2010. In addition, the complete list of selected participants and enrollment/payment instructions will be published on the Educational Portal of the Americas Webpage on the same date.

Announcement Closed!

3. Once the enrollment/payment period has been closed, instructions on how to access the course will be sent to participants by e-mail on September 17th, 2010, first day of course**

* Once payment has been received there is no reimbursement.

** Make sure you add the following e-mail address to your address book in order that communications sent from the Educational Portal of the Americas account will not be blocked as "spam": portal@oas.org

Any questions regarding this announcement should be sent to portal@oas.org, and must include in the subject line:
“Teacher Education for the 21st Century: A focus on technology and collaboration to improve the quality of education in the Americas - Ref: TEXXI-E101.10”.

If you need more information about this course or if you are interested in requesting a closed edition for your institution, please emails us at: portal@oas.org