Bangladeshi teachers fight back against COVID-19 challenges:

29 October 2020

a first group of teachers  is trained in a fully online ‘online teaching and didactics’ training course

Even though educational contexts worldwide are very different, somehow teachers everywhere are experiencing a similar challenge. How to deal with education during a pandemic? To tackle this CINOP has expanded our didactical training that was very successful in the Netherlands abroad to Bangladesh. This turned out to be a big success! The first batch of Bangladeshi teachers rated the training with an 8.8, and a second group is about to embark on the same training. We are thankful for the feedback of the first batch of teachers, it allows us to tailor the training even better to the Bangladeshi context.

What topics are covered in the online training?

Besides an introduction to online training we focus on making the experience as practical as possible. We focus on a large selection of online tools that are free, accessible, and intuitive. We prepare teachers to create a more professional class set-up and atmosphere by focussing on equipment, class design, and virtual set-up.

Various online teaching tools were introduced and I think many of them can be used in my class to teach my students. I will definitely use Kahoot, Playposit, and MindMeister in my classes.

Additionally, we practice how to make teaching more attractive when there is a virtual barrier, both in terms of approach as well as materials. After all, motivating students online is a whole other thing then when you are in a physical classroom. We focus on online examination and the creation of an inclusive classroom setting in which all students can participate even when there are additional barriers. We also pay attention to local context, what if a student cannot access a device of is not near any internet infrastructure?

And lastly, we try to focus on opportunities that online education offers. For example, we work on making online assignments more engaging, more relevant and fit for purpose by stimulating the integration of 21st century skills, cross-disciplinary work, and real-life challenges that need to be solved in cooperation with the labour market.

Really grateful to CINOP and the trainers for their dedication in improving our soft skills in online education.

Online teaching is the future

Not only do these skills help during a pandemic such as COVID-19, but it also lays the foundation for a future of online-, distance-, and blended learning. More and more flexibility will be present in educational contexts, more information is found online, and cooperation covering large distances is becoming more and more prevalent. Now more than ever before, it becomes clear that online education has a future and is relevant for learners worldwide. This does not mean it will replace ‘traditional’ education, but it will function as a catalyst and will enrich existing services to be more effective and impactful.

Is your institute also interested in online education? We can offer tailor made training courses for (higher)vocational institutes, polytechnics, universities, and other learning centres as well. Feel free to inquire about possibilities by contacting our specialists mentioned below.


Notes of thanks

This training is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme, funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. CINOP works together in this project with the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University of Bangladesh, STC International, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and the Chittagong Port Authority Training Institute.

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