The ICT Comptency Framework for Teachers

Ms Zeynep Varoglu | Presentation (PDF




The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to support quality teaching and learning at all levels has the potential to transform education systems. However, countries worldwide face urgent challenges in harnessing the full potential of ICT for educational delivery due to a myriad of issues such as the rapid development of technologies, teacher competencies and financial investments among others. In this regard, teacher training to support the effective integration of ICT in the classroom have proven themselves to be effective strategies to support quality teaching and learning. 

This presentation will provide an overview of the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT) and how it is being used to support the effective integration of ICT in the classroom. The discussion will focus on how use of mobile technologies for teaching and learning can best be addressed by the current ICT CFT and what issues should be addressed in this regard for inclusion in possible revisions of this framework to in light of current pedagogical and technical developments. 

This session will include a short presentation of the ICT CFT and current activities undertaken by UNESCO and its partners using this framework. There will then be an open discussion on the how use of mobile technologies can be addressed by the ICT CFT.



Zeynep Varoglu is the Programme Specialist for ICTs in Education in the Knowledge Societies Division of the Communications and Information Sector at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. She has been a staff member of UNESCO since 1998. 

Ms Varoglu‘s work currently focuses on the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT CFT) and initiatives in open, distance, flexible and online education. Ms Varoglu also works on projects related to open educational resources (OER) and new developments in ICT in education such as the use of mobile technologies. Ms Varoglu was the UNESCO Project Officer for the development of the UNESCO Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Guidelines for Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education. She is also a Project Officer for the organization of the UNESCO World OER Congress 2012. 

From 2001 to 2011, Ms Varoglu was in the Division of Higher Education, UNESCO and concentrated her activities on ICTs and Higher Education, with a focus on recognition and quality assurance issues. She was also active in work related to the UNESCO Conventions, Recommendations, codes of good practices and guidelines that relate to the recognition of qualifications and quality assurance in higher education. 

Ms Varoglu holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Education (MEd) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.), University of Toronto.


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