Integrating ODL approaches in a conventional classroom: Lessons learnt from Hardap Educational Multimedia Project in Namibia
This paper explores the development of Multimedia lessons using video and voice recordings for use in the primary school classrooms. An in-depth look at the process will highlight the different dimensions of the programme as it manifests in capacity building of teachers in scriptwriting, recording of video and audio and online collaboration. This project is innovative as it was the first time for primary school teachers in this context, to attempt integrating Open and Distance Learning (ODL) approaches, and specifically the multimedia content to enhance learning and teaching experience. Given the challenges in Mathematics and English, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) supported one experienced participant from Tanzania and 11 teachers from 6 primary schools in the Hardap Region in Namibia to embark on this innovative and ambitious project. The project was scheduled to take place over a one year period, completing the capacity building of teachers and the development of the Multimedia lessons. For the first time teachers from 6 different schools collaborated during and after the first capacity building workshop using various technologies such as Skype, Basecamp, Blackboard Elluminate, phone calls and text messaging. Various challenges were observed during the project but evengreater successes were achieved thereafter. The project is a proof that technology can blur the boundaries between ODL and conventional education and that capacity building is central in introducing new models, technologies and approaches to teachers who are in service. The paper recommends for further study on how to integrate this innovation to other Regions in Namibia. It envisages making these recommendations to the Ministry of Education and other relevant Stakeholders with similar goals. // Paper ID: 385
AuthorFerreira, Donne Y
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