Posted by: bluesyemre | November 3, 2022

Country Experiences with Remote and Blended Learning

Blended learning enables students to study in flexible ways, online or face to face, according to their circumstances and preferences. The precise nature of blended learning will vary significantly depending on context. The COVID pandemic accelerated the scaling up of new opportunities for a longer-term strategy to bring digital tools into the hands of students and teachers, consolidating new ways of teaching, learning, and effectively integrating technologies to better prepare learners to develop new ways of thinking and skills to succeed in the middle of the 21st century. The combination of in-person and distance learning currently supported by the MOE requires to consolidate new technical capacities (such as infrastructure, multi-modal technologies) and human capacities (such as upskilling staff, adjusting existing teacher professional development, and monitoring) within an administration that supports the whole education system. A key challenge is to create the conditions for an effective and impactful blended learning model at the national level. Blended education is not necessarily a new model of education. However, the conditions under which it is being implemented and the scale in which it is being rolled out are unprecedented. This intensifies several challenges that are important to tackle at a conceptual level (such as examining, analyzing, and understanding what is and what is not blended learning) and at implementation and quality assurance levels (such as enabling the conditions for effective implementation and defining the critical indicators for monitoring). This workshop is an opportunity to reflect on these challenges within the co-design of a national blended learning framework, and to consolidate capacities among policymakers and administrators at the MOE. This video was prepared by Cristobal Cobo, Sr. Education and Technology Specialist, at the World Bank.

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