What You should Know:
1. The e-Learning Jamaica project is driven by the Government of Jamaica to use information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to improve education in high schools.
2. The Project Focuses on Grades 7 to 11 and covers 11 CSEC subjects
3. The e-Learning Jamaica Project has 5 components: Instructional Materials, Technology Infrastructure, Teacher Training, Remedial Education and Continuous Assessment.
4. Since 2005, e-learning has reached over 200 educational institutions: 166 public high schools, 6 public special schools, 10 teachers colleges, 5 community colleges, 16 independent high schools. In total, the project has trained over 11,500 teachers and reached over 260,000 students.
5. Instructional materials provided to schools include: Teachers Instructional Materials (TIMs); Student’s Instructional Materials (SIMs); Interactive Educational Software (for ‘challenging’ topics); Item Bank (15,000+ multiple choice and extended questions and answers) and a video lecture series
6. ICT equipment and software provided to schools include: computer networks connecting the remedial lab, library, staff rooms, grades 10&11 classrooms; multimedia equipment, including projectors and screens, document cameras, video cameras, scanners, television, DVD /CD combos.
7. E-learning JA has also established a Central Repository for Educational Materials (CREM) to store, reproduce, continuously update, and distribute materials, and to include a web-based repository accessible over the broad-band network. The Education Management Information System (EMIS) at the MOE has also been upgraded to enhance management and administrative capability and broadband internet access will be provided to all schools by the Universal Access Fund.
8. Principals, teachers and subject tutors in teachers colleges have also been trained in areas including modern methodologies for delivery, change management; training and certification in basic ICT skills (to international standards); and integration of ICT into the teaching/learning process (certification to ISTE standards). A select group of lecturers has been to master’s level to ensure sustainability.
9. E-learning JA collaborates with existing remedial interventions, providing ICT-based materials and equipment and training of tutors and support personnel. Our Technology Enhancement Project is now in pilot phase in 30 select high schools, using English and Mathematics software to drive increases in literacy and numeracy.
10. E-learning is introducing standardized national examinations at grades 7, 8, 9 (Grade 11 CSEC and Grade 10 CCSC, already in place) to help with early identification of challenges and development of remedial interventions.