Online training ‘way forward’ for FODE in PNG

 AN online content development training for flexible open and distance education (Fode) curriculum writers is the way forward, says an official.

Elizabeth Jacob, one of the curriculum writers and teachers, told The National that the three-day training had helped the teachers on how to put their lessons online for the students to use.

Jacob said 22 curriculum writers were trained recently. She said course books, tests and assignments were written and printed for the students.

“Now we are trying to put that online were students can have access, so long as they have a palmtop or their mobile phones, or a device that they can allow them to go online and they can read our material online,” she said.

Jacob said once they were done, they would get all material and onto the platform with the help of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the organisation that was assisting them.

“We are starting with the grade 11 now as soon as we get that done we will move onto the grade 12 modules and course book.”

National Fode principal Anthony Rayappan said the training was facilitated by the COL experts.

COL is an intergovernmental organisation headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, he said.

It works collaboratively with Government and non-government organisations and other institutions in the Commonwealth, as well as with international development agencies, and has the mandate to promote the use of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. Rayappan said this collaboration would allow Fode to offer students the chance to study online.

He said it was a first for Fode to partner with COL in providing online courses.

Rayappan said this would make studying convenient for those in remote areas or those that could not get to Fode centres provided they had devices such as laptops.

The National / PNG Ehow

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