International experts collaborate on a global digital education leadership framework
Image: Some of the workshop participants from Left to right: Rozhan Idrus, Paul Prinsloo, Catherine Cronin, Elizabeth Childs, Yasira Waqar and Ibrar Bhatt
CILT is presently hosting international experts in a two-day workshop focusing on digital education leadership. At this workshop Laura Czerniewicz, Cheryl Brown, Tabisa Mayisela and Cheng-Wen Huang of CILT are working with an advisory committee to consolidate the concept paper on ‘Digital Education Leadership’ commissioned by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) as part of their Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) programme.
The COL aims to promote a digital education environment in Commonwealth nations through engagement with teachers, educational institutions, civil society organisations and governments.
The purpose of the workshop is to finalise a Concept Paper and to plan a curriculum framework for prospective digital education leaders. This framework will develop leaders who would demonstrate how to use ICTs effectively and influence others around them to use digital technology appropriately and effectively for learning (and earning) and support sustainable development.
The advisory committee to this programme comprises global experts in digital education, digital literacies and open education:
- Dr Ibrar Bhatt, Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of Literacy Studies, Educational Technologies, Sociomaterial theory, and digital methods for ethnography.
- Catherine Cronin, Educator & PhD researcher in the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her work focuses on open education, digital identity practices, and exploring the boundary between formal and informal learning.
- Professor Rozhan Bin Mohammed Idrus, Director of the Global Open Access Learning Centre at the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. He is the first Professor of Open and Distance Learning appointed in a public institution of higher learning in Malaysia and holds a PhD in Solid State Physics.
- Dr Yasira Waqar from the Virtual University in Pakistan. Her research interests include educational technology integration at different levels and the use of different technologies to improve student learning.
- Professor Paul Prinsloo, Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning at the University of South Africa. His research interests include curriculum-as-contested-space, critical pedagogies, student success, retention and throughput, citizenship in the 21st century, graduate attributes, e-learning and instructional design/learning design.
- Helen Anne Beetham, Consultant in the Higher Education from the Joint Information Systems Committee, UK. She specialises in digital futures, pedagogy, digital literacies, e-learning and innovation.
- Dr Lesley Jane Gourlay, Head of Department at the Institute of Education, University College London, UK. She believes that the development of Digital Literacies is becoming an increasingly urgent priority across the higher education sector and if universities are to harness the potential of new media for education and graduate preparation, they must view the sustainable development of digital literacies as a mainstream priority.
- Sandhya Gunness, Lecturer in Open and Online Learning at the Centre for Innovative and Lifelong Learning, University of Mauritius. She has expertise in e-learning, experience in designing, implementing and conducting online courses and Knowledge of innovative approaches to content design and delivery.
- Associate Professor Elizabeth Childs, Program Head – MA in Learning and Technology at the School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University, Canada. Her research interests include topics such as the changing face of distance education; models for online synchronous problem based learning; creation of online communities and digital habitats; the use of social media in problem based learning environments; and, models for professional development.
- Associate Professor Catherine Kell, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education, University of Cape Town. She focuses on understanding literacy as everyday social practice through a linguistic anthropological lens, using ethnographic methods.
- Dr Shironica Karunanayaka, Dean of Faculty of Education, Open University of Sri Lanka. Her research interests include e-Learning, Instructional Design, OER Integrated learning.
- Fiona Salisbury, Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Her disciplines include Curriculum Theory and Educational Assessment.
- Professor Punya Mishra, Professor Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education at Michigan State University, USA. He has worked extensively in the area of technology integration in teacher education which led to the development (in collaboration with M. J. Koehler) of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, which has been described as “the most significant advancement in the area of technology integration in the past 25 years.”