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Regional Seminar for UNESCO Resource Distribution and Training Centres

UNESCO Bangkok ICT in Education is inaugurating its official TEI network, that is the UNESCO Resource Distribution and Training Centres (RDTCs) who will serve as national/local focal points to promote the pedagogical integration of ICTs.

This year’s Regional Seminar will be co-organized with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, Malaysia on 9-11 October 2013. The RDTCs are expected to become full-fledged partners of UNESCO in cascading UNESCO-designed capacity building programmes locally, utilizing the innovative pedagogical approaches and various CD resources developed by UNESCO.

RDTC focal points will also have the opportunity to cross-fertilize and share relevant cases on ICT integration in education at institutional and national levels during the Seminar. Country cum institutional reports will be requested from RDC focal points to share a general overview of ICT in Education, Teacher Training practices to promote ICT integration and the challenges and lessons learnt.

RDTC representatives will participate in the planning session of the RDTC activities to further identify areas for support and prioritize the needs for the annual gathering. As for the inaugural year, the RDTC focal points will be trained on developing pedagogies for enhancing student 21st century skills incorporating the 21st Century Learning Design (21 CLD), a global professional development programme developed by Microsoft Partners in Learning.

Objectives

The consolidated objectives for the back-to-back events are:

● To launch the RDTC Network whereby institutionalizing training service provision of RDTCs to internal and external stakeholders;

● To cross-fertilize and share cases of ICT integration at institutional and national levels;

● To create effective platforms for discussing and sharing common issues, challenges and best practices among RDCs and extend case-based learning from the experiences of Malaysian institutions;

● To collectively develop a progressive capacity building plan for RDTCs and thematic issues (e.g. 21st Century Learning Design [21 CLD] in 2013).

Expected Outcome

The key outcome is the launching and revitalization of the RDTC network with the setting of a clear ToR) (to be shared later) and short- to medium-term strategic roadmap for UNESCO-RDTC networking and collaboration. Based on this, the following are expected to be achieved:

● Maximizing the opportunities within the well-established and closely-knit network of RDTCs;

● Embodying the guided and collaborative approach to mentoring and coaching in-service teachers to further extend the benefits of TEI-school partnerships

● Increasing the capacity of TEIs through RDTC focal points on thematic issues in ICT integration and strengthen innovative pedagogy approach in teacher education and professional development, monitoring and assessment

Important Resources

● 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) - Baldev Singh, Imagine Education UK (pdf, 3.3mb)

RDTC TOR 14Oct2013● Draft TOR (pdf, 370kb)

● Session 6: What's next with the Regional Network of Teacher Educators on ICT integration in Teaching and Learning (pdf, 520kb)

● Summary Responses: Survey (pdf, 560kb)

Administrative Documents

● Concept Note (pdf, 400kb)

● Draft Programme (pdf, 690kb)

● Administrative Information (pdf, 360kb)