Exploring new ways of working in the co-creation of digital teaching and learning assets to support professional development at scale- Experiences from Ghana

Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric; Ani, Anthony; Jebuni-Adanu, Cynthia and Nettey, Jeremiah (2021). Exploring new ways of working in the co-creation of digital teaching and learning assets to support professional development at scale- Experiences from Ghana. In: DETA Conference 2021-Reimagining African Teacher Education through Distance for a Post-Pandemic Future, 03/08/2021-05/08/2021, Online.

Abstract

Reimagining African teacher education involves an increased focus on the opportunities and challenges implicit in ICT-mediated school-based teacher development. OpenSTEM Africa: Ghana is an initiative guided by the Ministry of Education in a collaboration between The Open University (OU) UK, Ghana’s Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to support the increased take-up of the sciences through Senior High School (SHS) and into tertiary education, especially by girls. Central to this policy objective is the introduction of free SHS education, to improve teaching and learning in the sciences, and to find innovative ways of teaching practical science. OpenSTEM Africa: Ghana has worked on co-creating computer-based onscreen science applications to develop skills in practical science; co-designing continuous professional development materials for science teaching and learning and co-developing a leadership programme for heads of science. Arguably it is the programme for heads of science and heads of physics, chemistry and biology which will support sustainable and embedded change in schools by creating science department-wide communities of practice. Covid 19 pandemic has disrupted the conventional ways of developing professional development resources through face-to-face learning design and writing workshops. This paper (and presentation) examines how a team of authors based in OU-UK and Ghana have adapted and innovated and deployed remote co-creation and co-design principles in the development of resources for the OpenSTEM Africa: Ghana project.

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