Published on February 4, 2009
Oman’s Online Teacher Training Making Capacity Building Partnership Work Fathiya Al-Rahbi Gregory C. Sales
Introduction What is OOTT? The Oman Online Teacher Training is an international partnership between the Sultanate of Oman and the USA, involved pilot testing the development and implementation of e-learning.
What is the Goal? To build capacity within Oman’s MoE for future design, development and delivery of online teacher training courses.
How did OOTT work? Project Team The Omani Team 12 members: 6 curriculum specialists (2 each from the areas of maths, science and English), 3 training specialists, and 3 IT specialists. The U.S Team Seward’s team involved more than 20 individuals with expertise in project management, instructional design, computer programming, graphic design, video production, curriculum development, print design, editing, evaluation, and Arabic (translation and localization).
How did OOTT work? Project Activities A conceptual Framework 1. Video footage 2. Teacher training and classroom implementation 3. materials Training programs 4. In-service teacher training program in 3 pilot 5. schools A Report 6. There was a gradual transfer of responsibility to the Oman team for the completion of each deliverable was implemented to ensure that the Omani team was developing the required skills.
Misconceptions Gender and Team Roles 1. Arabic and English 2. Safety and Security 3.
Challenges Schedules 1. Communications 2. Translation 3. Oman’s Readiness 4. Expectations 5.
Lessons Learned Responsibility for completion of the work needs 1. to be shared equally. Flexibility is an essential skill. 2. A solution did not exist for every problem that 3. may be encountered. Some challenges are beyond your sphere of 4. influence.
What Happened Next? Sustainability?? Lack of Strategic Planning Infrastructure
What does it take to succeed? Long-term planning Reliable infrastructure Raising awareness Allocation of human resources Commitment
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