Unique Partnership Expands Teacher Education in India

Facilitated by the demand for quality teacher education, open education partners in multiple countries have come together to offer a comprehensive MOOC to train teachers in India.  The MOOC explores the use of OER in the design and delivery of primary and secondary education programs with a special emphasis on the OER generated by TESS-India that includes multi-lingual text and video supporting teachers in the development of participatory approaches through modelling links between theory and practice in classroom activities.

A unique three-way partnership is making this opportunity a reality.  The TESS-India MOOC is being delivered on the edX platform under the OECx partnership program, a partnership between OEC and edX to offer MOOCs where all the content is OER.  An OEC member institution, Open University, is leading the Tess-India project with Save the Children India and a number of Indian State governments.

The MOOC was offered in English twice during 2015 and 2016.  Because participants from India indicated that they would prefer to learn in their native language, the course beginning November 21 will be offered in Hindi.   All teaching and learning materials are in Hindi, together with the assessment tasks.  The Hindi version was developed collaboratively with experts from across India, including NCERT (National Council for Education, Research and Training) to ensure integrity of the pedagogic approach in the teaching materials is maintained and that the language is contextually relevant and congruent with that of policy.

TESS-India project, co-produced by UK and Indian academics received the OEC Global Education Creative Innovation award in 2016, which recognizes outstanding innovations that bring a new approach to Open Education. All of the course content is openly licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license, allowing others to translate, modify and repurpose course materials as long as attribution is given to the TESS-India project and shared under the same license.