Live blogging, 18th March, 9AM
GUIDE workshop Rome – Dr Indrajit Banerjee opening talk – UNESCO
Dr Indrajit Banerjee of the UNESCO ICT in Education, Science and Culture starts by considering some of the challenges and benefits of distance education.
Next, he recommends practitioners the use of the ICT Competence benchmarks for teachers, launched by UNESCO.
UNESCO is focusing on 3 key areas, having launched its Open Suite Strategy. It has 3 components: 1) Open educational resources (Unesco is developing its own educational resources platform); 2) Open Access to Scientific Information and 3) Free and open source software.
He also mentioned UNESCO’s Open Training Platform (OTP) with more than 3500 courses in 21 subject areas. The OTP has over 630 training providers and has attracted more than 1 million visitors (www.opentrainingplatform.org)