Professional Development of Teacher Educators with Collaborative Learning Designs and Networking
Shironica Karunanayaka, Dayalatha Lekamge, Chandra Gunwardena, The Open University o f Sri Lanka, Nugegoda Sari Lnka ; Som Naidu, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia ; Mohan Menon, The Commonwecrlth of Learning Vancouver Canada
Indian Journal of Open Learning Volume 16, Number 2, ISSN 0971-2690 Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University
Abstract: Quality is the most important cotrTonent of any comprehensive continuing professional development programme. This was addressed in a teacher education programme to further address the growing need for quality teacher education in the South Asian Region. Keeping this in view, the Department of Education at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) with the assistance of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) launched a 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 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,
Karunanayaka, S., Lekamge, D., Gunwardena, C., Naidu, S. & Menon, M. (2007). Professional Development of Teacher Educators with Collaborative Learning Designs and Networking. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 16(2), 101-112. Indira Gandhi National Open University.