Localized Low-Tech Solutions During Cov19: Open Content for Development
Abstract: COVID-19 has accelerated access to educational technologies in many areas, Indeed, a growing culture of connectivity has led to ubiquitous transformation of home/work/school (remote jobs, distance learning, virtual doctor exams, and a plethora of other vital necessities). The worldwide pandemic has also amplified inequitable access and exacerbated the digital divide for students on the fringe. Global/societal transformations triggered by Cov19 now reveal that millions of people lack functional Information-Communication-&-Technology (ICT) skills, reliable internet, and comprehensive/adaptable support-networks. In the pandemic’s wake, the haves and have-nots are not only segregated by socio-economic lines, (male/female; rural/urban, developed/developing and skilled/unskilled); more than ever before, societal divisions now form along the lines of access to reliable educational technologies and quality content localized for their personal needs/abilities. How can distance education “go the distance,” to reach the “unreachable” in low-tech communities of the Global South? This session focuses on Open Content for Development (OC4D), a blended learning toolkit which integrates Open Educational Resources (OER), tailored technologies, and capacity building for localization. Come discuss best practices from the developing world & innovative strategies for ed-tech to revolutionize rural learning during Cov19. Join interactive activities from Africa, Asia & beyond.
Presider: Tiffany Ivins, Community Development Network