Blending Traditional and Technological Factors in Teacher Education in Jamaica

Blending Traditional and Technological Factors in Teacher Education in Jamaica

Aleric Joyce Josephs (University of the West Indies - Mona Campus, West Indies, Jamaica)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-751-0.ch008
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Abstract

This chapter highlights the challenges and opportunities in blending traditional and technological factors in teacher education. It examines the partnership between one Caribbean state and one campus of a regional institution to develop an ODL teacher upgrading program which has become the model for a regional Bachelor of Education distance program. The aim is to use the teaching of History to make the case for using a blended approach in transitioning to ODL and for careful consideration of the use of technology in the delivery of ODL programs. It discusses how a Bachelor of Education program articulates distance learning and face-to-face modalities and examines the skills needed and the challenges involved in developing a curriculum for teaching History to distant learners using a blended approach and incorporating available technology. It suggests that readiness of faculty and learner to adopt technology as well as careful consideration of the use of technology is crucial for the success of blended learning approach in traditional teaching environment.

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