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Wednesday, April 20 • 10:55am - 11:25am
Open Science Principles for Teacher Education

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In this presentation, the authors start from the importance of improved teacher education during and post-Covid19 pandemic. The Covid19 pandemic continues to exacerbate the lack of qualified teachers. Together with qualified staff, it is clear that relevant and local teaching-learning resources are essential if governments wish to enhance the teaching and learning processes. Solutions to the lack of qualified teachers/educators/ lecturers and to that of localised resources (such as Open Textbooks) are not easily encountered. 
The authors therefore propose a novel community-based approach (Ferreira-Meyers & Dhakulkar, 2021) to tackle this dual challenge by innovative use of technology. Our approach is based on the principles embedded in the Open Science Framework (OSF) and envisions creation of grassroot-level communities of practices via networking of teachers and students. We propose to share a model through which the principle of openness can be put into practice for teacher education. 
The model makes use of different OSF aspects to create a teacher-student community of practice with a peer network of “critical friends”. It offers the opportunity to extend “openness” to teachers and students by fostering sharing, collaboration while also focusing on self-directed learning and constructionist pedagogy. 

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Karen Ferreira-Myers

Associate Professor - Coordinator Ling/Modern Lang, Institute of Distance Education, Univ of Eswatini
Born in Belgium, I moved to Eswatini (then Swaziland) early in my career. I work as an Associate Professor and Coordinator Linguistics and Modern Languages at the Institute of Distance Education (University of Eswatini). I hold a PhD in French and Francophone literature (autofiction... Read More →
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Amit Dhakulkar

I am  a researcher in science and mathematics education. I have been working with and recommending the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Free and Open- Source Software (FOSS) in education for the last decade under various projects. My interests include graphicacy, OERs... Read More →

Wednesday April 20, 2022 10:55am - 11:25am CDT