The provision of high-quality education is a global priority (SDG4). University lecturers and teacher educators are expected to adopt and use new approaches and model excellent teaching. The COVID-19 crisis means that they have also been required to adjust their teaching to provide learning at a distance and online in a very short time. This ‘pivot’ adds urgency to the challenges already experienced by institutions in moving to distanced and digital provision.
This collection of resources and courses has arisen from several related projects which have focused on providing support to staff working in educaiton as they move towards greater use of online learning and digital technology.
Digital Decisions is a British Council funded project which explored the common decisions that are being made in moves towards greater online and blended learning in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project is producing professional development resources aimed at supporting staff working in tertiary education to understand key areas of decision making and good practices in those areas.
Pathways for Learning
Pathways for learning provides two free professional development programmes for university lecturers, teacher educators, instructional designers, technical and professional staff, managers, and heads of department who share responsibility for providing quality distance and online learning.
Teacher educator programme: skills for 21st century teaching and learning is for educators who are helping teachers develop skills.
Tertiary educator programme: take your teaching online is for educators developing high-quality online courses in any subject area.
Both pathways include a combination of innovative online study and interactive elements, such as live webinars, ‘Our Journey’ study mapping, live discussions, nQuire missions, etc.
Pathways for learning is brought to you by:
Meet the team
Professor Rotimi Ogidan PhD MCASSON, Executive Director of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE)
Dr Kris Stutchbury, TESSA Academic Director at The Open University, UK
Dr Denise Whitelock, Professor of Technology Enhanced Assessment and Learning at The Open University, UK, and Interim Director of the Institute of Educational Technology
Professor Nebath Tanglang, Director, African Council for Distance Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (ACDE-QAAA)
Dr Tim Coughlan, Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK
Dr Ephraim Mhlanga, ACDE Quality Assurance Programme Specialist at the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide)
Olivier Biard, Senior Project Manager for the International Development Office at The Open University, UK
Dr Margaret Ebubedike, Research Associate (International Education), Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies (WELS) at The Open University, UK
Use the appropriate course link below to access your Pathways programme.
Teacher educator programme: skills for 21st century teaching and learning
How teacher educators can model excellent teaching and support teachers to develop new skillsTry this course
Tertiary educator programme: take your teaching online
How educators can develop good-quality online learning, in any subject areaTry this course
Understanding the decisions educators need to make to harness the potential of online learning and digital technologies.Try this material
Co-designing Resources Around E-assessments for African HE
These materials explore current e-assessment experiences, challenges, opportunities and potential solutions in Africa and the UK.Try this material