TSC unveils training guide for remote learning

Monday, June 7th, 2021 00:00 |
TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia. Photo/File

Irene Githinji @gitshee

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has embarked on a programme to train teachers on remote learning methodologies.

Programme is designed as an alternative to normal classroom learning.

TSC Secretary Dr Nancy Macharia said the commission has developed an 85-page manual to help teachers continue with teaching even when in diverse locations using different modes like radio, television, video conferencing, computers among other emerging technologies.

According to TSC, the manual aims at entrenching ICT in teaching and learning, equip teachers and learners with 21st century skills and enhance their capacity to engage in remote learning.

“Teachers’ Manual for Remote Learning is designed to provide technological knowledge and skills to all teachers at the basic level of education. It is organised in eight sessions, which explain the concept of remote learning. Subsequent sessions delve into discussions on the access, delivery modes, pedagogies, assessments, and monitoring in remote learning,” explained Dr Macharia.

 “Remote learning is not synonymous to virtual learning but provides an opportunity for learners and teachers to remain connected and engaged with the content while working from their homes or different locations. It includes use of broadcasted lessons and other technologies such as computers, mobile phones among other devices,”  she added.

Assistive technology

She also said the manual has designated a session on Assistive technology in remote learning for learners living with special needs.

“Efforts have also been made to show how remote learning is anchored on both national and international policy frameworks, and the specific roles of different stakeholders,” she added.

She said virtual learning seeks to get more learners, especially those in hard-to-reach areas and fasten the acquisition of digital skills as desired in the Competence-Based Curriculum.

“This will ultimately contribute significantly to continuity of learning during times of pandemics such as the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.

TSC Chairperson, Dr Jamleck Muturi, said the manual comes in the wake of unprecedented challenges like Covid-19 pandemic.

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