Empowering educators in Small Island Developing States

2020 05 05 Community UNESCO

As a member of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition, we are committed to providing tools and resources to mitigate the disruption to education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In light of the Covid-19 global pandemic and a devastating cyclone earlier this year, around 2 million students and 66 thousand teachers in the small islands in the Pacific have been affected due to school closures. 

In May, Moodle was invited to participate in a virtual training program led by UNESCO, bringing together partners from its Global Education Coalition to support educators, curriculum developers and platform managers in implementing distant learning solutions in these affected areas.

The training participants were nominated by the education ministries from Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati to acquire practical knowledge on how to implement e-learning solutions to ensure learning continuity.


Leveraging open source technology and community support

The session explored the basics of using the Moodle open source LMS for day-to-day learning and teaching, including setting up courses, adding teachers and students and creating activities, guided by  Moodle Education Manager Mary Cooch and Moodle Community Manager Helen Foster.

Mary and Helen shared useful resources including our Moodle Docs plus our MoodleCloud Quickstart Guide for those taking the first steps with Moodle, and a run-through of the free courses available on the Learn Moodle site.

Participants also learnt about our invaluable community forums, where thousands of educators and platform administrators from all around the world collaborate and help each other, improving and innovating the way we all teach and learn online.

“As a principal of an education institution, you have given me a lot of help, since we are currently running our schools using Moodle. I’m very happy with the sites that you are providing for community support and offering self-help guides so that I can use it as part of our staff development and let my staff know about websites like Moodle admin basics and the Moodle community.*” said one of the participants after the workshop.


Are you getting started with Moodle and interested to learn more? 

*Source: UNESCO helps build ‘neo-infrastructure’ of crisis-resilient education systems in Pacific countries.

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