Improving science outcomes for students in the Pacific

Education
map-markerVanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, and Cook Islands

Making science learning relevant for students & teachers in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, and Cook Islands.

Bringing together regional, national & local education priorities

The Pacific eLearning Program is aligned with national and Pacific education priorities to increase young people's use of scientific knowledge, enabling greater social, cultural and economic participation.

The program aims to improve the science learning for year 10 students in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Cook Islands, which is currently taught by mostly non-specialist teachers with limited access to teaching and learning resources.

Designed in close collaboration with participating governments, we are delivering an elearning & professional development program that meets the context-specific requirements of the Pacific. The design will focus on scalability of elearning across the region and long term sustainability with streamlined handover to government.

The technology is designed for the specific needs of the user communities. This means courses can be accessed offline, in local languages, are designed for accessible devices, and people with low levels of digital literacy.

Creating a relevant science curriculum (that’s fun too!)

Building on the knowledge gained from reviewing each country's science curriculum, the program team are designing the science content using a human-centred design approach, which involves teacher and student input throughout the entire process.

Activities are used to understand and explore STEM concepts that are deeply relevant to students' daily lives, and are inclusive of local indigenous knowledge and culture. The goal is to design content that is engaging, interactive and fun.

Courses can be accessed offline, making the program easily scalable to rural areas with limited internet connectivity.

Supporting teachers through tailored professional development

In addition to student learning, the program will deliver micro-learning courses for teachers to continue their professional development.

A second modality for teacher learning will include job embedded professional development (JEPD) activities that provide teachers with easy, time efficient avenues to continue their own learning and development as part of the school day.

The Pacific eLearning Program is currently in the inception/research phase. Implementation will commence January 2021.

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