Connected Learning for STEM

Connected Learning Initiative for Teacher Education in Mathematics and Science (CLIx4TEMS) is a project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The project aims at developing the capacity of middle and secondary teachers [Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT)] in mathematics and science and with relevance to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes.

 It involves the use of curated and adapted high quality locally relevant, interactive Open Education Resources (OERs). The project involves knowledge transfer of Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) through an online design lab course for faculty of education working in Teacher Education (TE). The innovation will be scaled to professional development of NQT in Nigeria, Bhutan and Tanzania. It will build capacity of faculty of education to select, curate and adapt CLIx and other OERs and integrate these into the curriculum to enable students to develop Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) and strategies for inclusion.

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), Nigeria is the lead of the consortium which includes, Samtse College of Education, Bhutan (SCE) and Open University, Tanzania (OUT) as partners; and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India (TISS) as Lead Technical Consultant. 

CLIx was seeded by the Tata Trusts and led by TISS and MIT, USA, to strengthen secondary Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) learning, pedagogic content knowledge of teachers and their practice at scale in four states in India. CLIx was awarded the UNESCO-King Hamad Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education in 2018 and the OER award for Excellence in Collaboration-2019. The programme’s interactive STEM OERs, subject teacher CoPs on mobile devices, tech design for under-resourced context, participatory and localised ecosystem approach to adoption and scaling, are identified as an innovative model and global good.