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ERIC Number: EJ1201578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Teachers' Portal as a Tool for Teachers' Professional Development in Bangladesh: Facilitating Nationwide Networking and Digital Multimedia Content for 40,000 Schools
Hansson, Henrik; Sultana, Sabiha; Sarwar, Afzal Hossain; Ahmed, Faruque; Uddin, Ramiz; Saha, Pushpita; Islam, G. M. Rakibul; Islam, Mohammad Rafiqul
International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, v14 n3 p113-130 2018
The Teachers' Portal (teachers.gov.bd) is an online platform for Bangladeshi teachers designed to store and retrieve digital educational contents of different subjects useful for classroom teaching and students' learning. The portal also facilitates professional networking among teachers across the country. This study aims to find out the benefits of using this Portal and associated challenges from teachers' perspective. Following a mixed methods research approach Teachers, head teachers, teacher educators from primary, secondary, madrasa and vocational educational institutions and specialists on teachers' Portal (N=410) were interviewed and consulted for the study. Telephone interviews, online surveys, Key Informant Interviews (KII), Focused Group Discussions (FGD), Face-to-Face interviews, and large consultative workshops were used to collect data. The results suggest that teachers are motivated to use the Portal as its contents stimulate students' creativity and encourage students' active participation in classrooms learning. Besides, it empowers teachers in a number of ways. However, internet connectivity, slow Internet speed, power failure, technical issues, high cost of Internet and unavailability of equipment are found as major challenges. In short, the Teachers' Portal is a key driver for changing Bangladeshi education and preparing the young generation with quality education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Information Storage, Information Management, Electronic Publishing, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Motivation, Teaching Methods, Barriers, Internet, Costs, Access to Computers, Faculty Development, Teacher Characteristics
International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. University of the West Indies Open Campus, Dave Hill, St. Michael BB11000, Barbados. Tel: 868-663-9021; Fax: 868-645-9741; Web site: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Bangladesh