The CSIR Meraka Institute and partners have been working on various ICT for Education (ICT4E) concepts, prototypes and products over the past year, with a view towards providing new/complementary models and options for the integration of ICTs into the schooling system. This has happened within the context of new and exciting paradigm shifts within the technology ecosystem, both in South Africa and the world.
Although many of the outputs are the result of ICT4E research over the past few years, a more holistic, systemic approach has also been undertaken. Over the past year, using the Safe Communities of Opportunity (SCOP) modeling methodology, an “Education Knowledge Collaboratory” model has been populated to provide a context for the best application of ICT4E. The methodological approach requires that a vision (in this case in-school education) of “what it looks like when it’s fixed” be articulated as a system that is made up of 48 elements and a range of stakeholders who can influence and impact the status of the system through their relationship with the elements.
The model has been developed through consultative processes including workshops (both directly a part of this project and benefitting from other workshops facilitated during this period) and literature review. Indicators for progress towards “what it looks like when it’s fixed”, i.e. the model that reflects the vision, have been researched and added to the model.
To activate the model as a useful tool for benchmarking and monitoring the contribution of ICT to Education, we need to interrogate the relationship between existing and potential ICT interventions, programmes and projects and the elements and stakeholders of “what it looks like when it’s fixed”. To achieve this, we invite your participation in a workshop to be held on 20 March 2012 at CSIR Meraka Institute, from 09h30 – 16h00.
1. Review of development of the ICT for Education model.
2. Discussion and any refinement that arises.
3. Assessment of ICT interventions that are known to be or may be useful to the achievement of the vision.
4. Matching of ICT interventions and elements.
5. Discussion and agreement on the final model.