05.07.2018 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Workshop on ‘Digitization of Instructional Materials in Teacher Education’ produces resource persons

Trained resource persons pose for a photo

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, with the support of the UNESCO/Korean Funds in Trust project, “ICT Transforming Education in Africa”, hosted a training workshop on the ‘Digitization of Instructional Materials in Teacher Education’ from 25 -29 June 2018 in Harare.

After a fruitful week of training, participants returned to their colleges and universities as resource persons expected to lead digitization projects at their respective institutions.

The 5-day hands on training workshop was attended by representatives from all teachers’ colleges in Zimbabwe as well as leading universities in teacher education. The 23 participants were equipped with skills in digitization of instructional materials, incorporation of games and gamification in instructional modules and integration and incorporation of inclusivity in blended learning. The training workshop reinforced that digital learning is more interactive and engaging than traditional teaching methods. Digitized content provides better context, more teaching options and memorable learning experiences for students.

In his closing remarks after handing participants their certificates, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher Education and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Desire Sibanda encouraged all participants to become institutional resource persons and share their newly acquired skills and knowledge with their colleagues. He noted that creating new and digitizing existing instructional materials for use in the classroom will help deal with the problem of lack of digital pedagogy in many teachers’ institutions. The training on digitization will continue to be rolled on a larger scale to make a greater impact in teacher education.

For more information, please contact: d.tererai(at)unesco.org. 

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