Getting started


Welcome to the Making teacher education relevant for 21st century Africa course.

This task-oriented badged open course was designed for teacher educators as a part of the TESSA Open Educational Resources (OER), and was successfully presented in 2018 as a MOOC (massive open online course), winning ‘Digital Innovation of the Year – Learning’ in the PIEoneer Awards 2018 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . It is now presented in a slightly different way so that you can work through the material at your own pace. Although there is an emphasis on the African context and the TESSA OER, educators from other parts of the world may also find this course useful.

The course is in four sections that will take three to four hours of study. It focuses on the following contemporary issues in teacher education:

  • developing active approaches to teaching and learning
  • using ICT to support classroom teaching
  • selecting, evaluating and using OER to help support quality in teacher education.

You can study the course as an individual, although we recommend that you study with colleagues in your setting as the activities are designed to promote discussion. You may be working in a university, teachers’ college, local resource centre or other teacher-education setting, or as a headteacher or other senior member of staff supporting the teachers in your school.

You may want to act as a facilitator for a group of colleagues working together. We have provided a facilitator guide to help you in this role. Activities marked with the ‘facilitators’ icon () are good ones to facilitate. Whatever your circumstance, we hope that you will find ideas and OER that you can use to improve classroom teaching and learning.

We are asking participants to complete the pre-course survey to help us understand who is taking part in the course, their motivations and expectations. Thank you for completing this. Your experience and opinions are important to us.

Kris Stutchbury, Academic Director

Course assessment