Pakistan: Online Teacher Education
OEIT is collaborating with MIT faculty to develop aspects of online teacher education courses that highlight the pedagogies favored and developed by MIT faculty. OEIT received a grant from the Education Development Center (with U.S. Agency for International Development funding) to prototype aspects of an online teacher education program (for Pakistan) based on the teaching techniques and approaches used by MIT faculty. These courses, currently under development, will highlight: Games and Simulation-based Learning, the use of Mathlets (applets highlighting mathematical, engineering and physical principles), Visualizations (for learning), Best Practices in Teaching and Learning, and a digital learning toolkit highlighting best practices for online learning. In addition the project is developing tools to enable faculty to design and develop concept maps along with a back-end supporting infrastructure. OEIT and the MIT faculty participating in the project plan to use these courses and tools after the close of the project to conduct additional online teacher education.