Information and communication technology increasingly plays a critical role in education. With the development of e-learning through video conferencing, teaching methods have evolved to accommodate modern transformations. This has increased the effectiveness of classroom instruction, making it possible to facilitate remote teaching and learning in an interactive manner. It enables networked classrooms and fosters interaction between teachers and students located in different places, creating a virtual classroom environment.
To maximize the efficiency and extend the reach of this system, the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC), in collaboration with the Distance Learning Foundation under the Royal Patronage, has launched the "Interactive Distance Learning (IDL)" project for lower secondary education level.
The purpose of this project is to enhance the learning outcomes of lower secondary students in five 'source schools' and fifteen 'destination schools' via the Interactive Distance Learning system. The program aims to improve student performance and develop the capacity of teachers in the destination network schools to manage learning in the main content areas more effectively.
In addition, feedback, challenges, obstacles, and suggestions from both source and destination schools are gathered and analyzed. These insights are then used to improve the Interactive Distance Learning system, maximizing its benefits and facilitating its widespread implementation in other schools.
The project administration is divided into five networks: Upper North, Lower North, Northeast, Central, and South.
In the first phase of the project, students from source and destination schools have interacted and exchanged knowledge, creating a mutual learning environment. This gives students in destination schools the opportunity to learn from the same teacher as those in source schools via two-way communication. The initiative not only helps develop teachers but also provides extra learning experiences. It increases the quality of learning opportunities for destination school students, as they learn from two teachers – one from the source school and one from their own school.
Source: Office of Basic Education Commission
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