The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), in collaboration with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Bangladesh, conducted an In-Country Program on "Web-Based Teaching and Learning Systems" at DTE, Dhaka, Bangladesh from December 13 – 17, 2015. The program involved the participation of 45 participants internally selected by DTE.
The program was organized to provide an opportunity for the participants to learn about different innovative web-enabled ICT practices, to have practical experience in using E-learning authoring tools, software and technologies and learn how to make E-Teaching and Learning systems effectively.
The program aimed to instill in the participants proper use of ICT applications for strengthening TVET Systems. The program also intended for the participants to be able to identify instructional designs for developing teaching and learning system, discover different E-learning building blocks and apply the emerging trends in E-learning in their respective institutions. At the end of the program, the participants were expected to develop their own media E-learning resource and customize their own learning management system that they can utilize and apply in their institutions.
Themes and topics for the program includde: (1) Instructional Design for Developing Teaching and Learning System, (2) Image Editing with Adobe Photoshop, (3) Rapid E-Learning Development Using Adobe Presenter, and (4) Learning Management System Using Moodle. A special lecture on Strengthening TVET Systems through the Integration of ICT was also presented by Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel.
Overall supervision was facilitated by Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Acting Director General of CPSC. Local coordination was made possible through the efforts of the Additional Secretary of Ministry of Education and Director General (In-Charge) of DTE, Mr. Ashoke Kumar Biswas and the Director (PIU) of DTE, Mr. A. N. M Salah Uddin Khan. Former CPSC Faculty Specialist and currently Assistant Director of Planning and Development of DTE, Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam shared his knowledge and expertise as Local Resource Person. In addition, Ms. Zarina Ann Villahermosa, CPSC Web Developer, also imparted her knowledge as CPSC resource person.
The inaugural ceremony was held on December 13, 2015 and was graced by the presence of Hon. Minister of Education, Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid as Chief Guest, and Secretary (In-Charge) of the Ministry of Education, Mr. A S Mahmud as Special Guest. In his opening remarks, Mr. Nahid expressed his hopes that the technical education enrollment rate in Bangladesh will increase by 50 percent in the near future. He cited that with globalization taking place, they want to ensure the quality of technical education through organizing technical training programs that will help teachers improve their skills to keep pace with new technologies. He also stressed the importance of the young generation's technical knowledge in creating skilled manpower for the development of Bangladesh.
To supplement the five-day program, a National Seminar on "Information and Communication Technology Applications in Education and Training" was conducted on December 15 to equip the participants with knowledge and practices on how to integrate ICT effectively in teaching and learning. The seminar was attended by 100 participants from the different institutions under DTE, as well as the rest of the program participants.
Speakers of the seminar included: Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Acting Director General of CPSC, who delivered a presentation entitled "Role of ICT in Education and Training"; Prof. Faruque Ahmed, E-learning Specialist (a2i project), who discussed the "Integration of ICT in TVET Teaching-Learning"; Mr. Shafiek Sultan, RM, Labtech International Ltd., who provided an overview on "Adapting TVET to 21st Century Needs and Technologies"; and Engr. Rashad Kabir, CEO of Dream 71 Bangladesh Ltd., who discussed benefits and challenges of "Mobile Game Based Science Education System in Bangladesh". The seminar generated recommendations for actions in utilizing ICT in education and heightened interest among the participants on the potential of ICT to transform the Bangladeshi economy.
The five-day program successfully ended with an overall rating of 90.20%.