UNESCO:Combat COVID-19: Keep learning. Together we are on the move!

date:2020-03-10 20:23author:adminsource:UNESCOviews:


Message from Director

Dear colleagues,

As COVID-19 continues spreading in many countries posing a serious threat to our health, security and lives, education in schools and universities is also facing unprecedented challenges. In response to a surge in school and university closures to contain the spread of COVID-19, on 10 March 2020 UNESCO convened a global videoconference of high education officials to step up the emergency response and share strategies to minimize learning disruption worldwide.

As emphasized by Mrs Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education:

“We need to come together not only to address the immediate educational consequences of this unprecedented crisis, but to build up the longer-term resilience of education systems.”

UNESCO IITE in cooperation with its global partners from the affected countries and beyond are coming together for immediate joint actions. This Initiative aims to provide a communication platform for government officials, teachers, students at schools and universities, as well as education and technology specialists to share experience in responding to this new emergency, provide recommendations and technical support. We invite you to join the Initiative on “Combat COVID-19: Keep learning. Together we are on the move!” with your expertise, practice and resources!

Tao Zhan
Director of UNESCO IITE


IITE and partner resources

  • Be an online tutor in 24 hours course provides necessary training to teaching and academic personnel of various levels about online education processes. It has several modules: Online Learning Technology Landscape, e-learning management tools, and communication and creation tools. The course is available in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish and French.
  • Design an Online Course in 24 Hours focuses on developing online classroom and planning and designing online lessons in few steps by using modern and advanced educational tools. The course is available in both Arabic and English.

The new training courses are based on Hands-On and Learning by Doing approaches. You can access the courses and register easily through the following link: https://futureskills.hbmsu.ac.ae/

Online portal LendED (www.LendED.org.uk) specifically created for the COVID-19 crisis provides schools and teachers worldwide with access to over 200 free educational resources from our suppliers.

Coursera Coronavirus Response Initiative
Coursera provides every university in the world impacted by COVID-19 with free access to our course catalogue through Coursera for Campus. Universities can sign up to provide their enrolled students with access to more than 3,800 courses and 400 Specializations from Coursera’s university and industry partners. More information is available at Coursera blog.

  • School’s Out Remote Resources
    Handling a wide range of conversations involving coronavirus (COVID-19) and​ overall health concerns in your schools and communities can be difficult,​ especially when trying to parse fact from fiction. If you’re looking for reliable​ content to share with your members on the prevention of coronavirus, or​ dealing with anxiety surrounding the virus, we’ve compiled some helpful​ information from leading health authorities. We have also included​ information about tools you can use to continue building a connected​ learning community.
  • WhatsApp Educator Coronavirus Information Hub​
    Whether you teach at a​ school or university, consider engaging with your students on WhatsApp if​ schooling is disrupted.​
  • Workplace from Facebook​
    The government of Gujarat, India keeps more than ​115,000 educators in their​ state informed​ with no fuss tools while they’re working remotely. Now we’re​ making Workplace Advanced free for emergency services and government​ organizations globally for 12 months.
  • Facebook Live
    Be part of what’s happening around the world in real-time, no matter where you are.
  • Get Digital
    Get Digital gives schools, families and young people the tools, resources and support they need to create safe, healthy and supportive digital communities. The platform provides with lesson plans, conversation starters, activities, videos and other resources to help young people become empowered in a digital world.

Teach from Home
A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis: how to teach remotely with and without video calls, how to make lessons accessible to all, how to keep students engaged, how to keep in touch with other teachers and more additional support and inspiration.

  • Talent Online
    There are about 110 technical courses available, free of charge for all users.
  • Huawei ICT academy
    Huawei ICT Academy is a partnership between Huawei and Academies around the world. The academy authorizes universities/colleges to deliver some of certification courses to their students. Huawei provides training to teachers of universities and certify them. No charges to university for all these activities apply.

International Institute of Online Education (IIOE)
IIOE is a robust platform that allows teachers to gain most in-demand comprehensive skills, access quality cutting-edge courses and pragmatic web tools, witness self-improvement through the ICT-competency assessment, participate in project-based online and gain on-site training opportunities, co-create local digital learning resources database and much more.

Handbook on Facilitating Flexible Learning During Educational Disruption.
UNESCO INRULED and Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University are releasing a special publication that describe several implemented flexible online learning strategies during the COVID-19 outbreak and aim to help other educators, researchers and practitioners implement similar case studies in their context.

  • LearningKeepsGoing.org
    Coronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to schools, colleges and universities around the globe. To help you keep the learning going, a coalition of education organizations has curated free tools, strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online.
  • Coronavirus Response Community
    In this community, educators are coming together to help meet those challenges. Ask questions, get advice, and learn what other educators are doing around the world.

  • Mail.ru Group has introduced  a set of measures to help schools and universities quickly switch to distance learning. For distance learning, free features of VKontakte and Odnoklassniki social networks are recommended: communities, chats, life streaming and apps.
  • Mail.ru Group for Education communities at VKontakte and Odnoklassniki provide daily updates about services for distance learning: detailed instructions, lifehacks and video lessons.
  • GeekBrains educational portal provides universities with temporal free access to its online learning management system and will open access to courses on programming, design, management and marketing.
  • Skillbox online university has opened access to its applied courses.
  • Algoritmika coding school for children has opened access to its distance learning system. Computer science and coding courses are designed for primary and secondary school students.

Odnoklassnikisocial media network has prepared a detailed instruction how to use its services for distance learning. We are teachers! community hosts a call center for video calls within OK. This service will allow all teachers to get advice on distance learning in social networks.

  • The Open University of China is offering hundreds of thousands of open education resources to learners in and out of China. There are different categories of resources covering the areas of epidemic prevention and control, educational resources at higher and vocational education level, short courses for social lifelong learners, resources for learners from kindergarten to middle school, and videos by scientists.
  • The Open University of China has launched a website called “Duoyutong” (Multilanguage learning website), which supplies English, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, German, Japanese and Korean courses.
  • The university also offers special courses that provide advice on COVID-19 prevention and tips how to maintain mental health during the crisis; they also contain information about Chinese culture, as well as facts about nature and science.

  • Shanghai Open University international exchange learning network (available in English)
  • Shanghai Learning Network (available in Chinese)
    Shanghai learning net provides comprehensive and personalized learning cloud services, such as online learning, activity sharing, schoolmate communication, map service, intelligent online search, lifelong learning files and credit certification, to the middle and senior citizens, parents of primary and middle school students, workers and migrant workers.
  • Shanghai Educational Resources Center (available in Chinese)
    Shanghai educational resource center covers more than 65,000 high-quality educational resources, including video, books, texts, online courses, multimedia courseware, and other forms. The resource center adopts the virtuous cycle mode of “converge-management-shared-optimization” to provide all kinds of educational institutions and learning platforms with needed resource sharing and application services.
  • Shanghai Open University online learning platform (available in Chinese)
    Students of Shanghai Open University can log on to the learning platform of Shanghai Open University to study online courses, do homework, and answer questions with teachers.
  • Traditional Chinese culture (available in English)
    This course is a brief introduction to Confucius and Confucianism, Chinese painting, literature, opera, medicine, Four Great Inventions of Ancient China and other traditional Chinese culture.
  • Folklore with Chinese characteristics (available in Chinese)
    Chinese folk customs, as an essential part of the culture, have been well inherited and carried forward—the unique characteristics of Chinese folk customs reflected in those indigenous traditional Chinese festivals.
  • Chinese classical dance (available in Chinese)
    Through the study of this course, students can both physically and mentally prepare in the dance performance, and the harmony and unity of strength and rhythm can make the whole dance have a sense of rhythm.

  • CodeMonkey
    CodeMonkey is a leading online coding curriculum for K-8th Grade. With gamified coding courses, students learn the fundamentals of computer programming as they solve puzzles and build games in real coding languages such as Python.
  • Dr. Panda
    Dr. Panda, part of TAL Education Group (NYSE: TAL), is a children’s brand for education and entertainment, mainly producing kids’ games, education software and TV Animations for a global audience.
  • FirstLeap English
    First Leap English is a high-end quality education brand, focusing on providing international English training services for children aged 2-15 years old, currently covering 70 cities nationwide. First Leap English utilizes AI education technology to effectively drive online and offline complete learning, to provide children with 24/7 English immersion solutions.

More details about the resources

VK has prepared a detailed guide for using VK tools for distance education. These tools include communities, chats, videos and live steams. The guide includes recommendations for schools and universities, as well as teachers and instructors how to shift to distance learning, bring learners together for communication, share learning materials and organize webinars through life streaming at VK from desktops and mobile devices.

  • Yandex launched a free online school that operates full-time. For learners from grade 5 to 11 Yandex.School provides video lessons on more than 15 subjects of the school curriculum, varying from physics to history of world art. These lessons are streamed at Yandex.Efir. Yandex.School also conducts popular science talks, lessons on geometry, and classes to help learners get prepared for unified state examination and basic state examination. These talks and video lessons are streamed at Yandex.Efir and posted at Yandex.Tutor service.
  • Yandex.School offers to teachers a video platform for conducting lessons with their students – it is part of a larger Education.Yandex service. In addition, Education.Yandex hosts more than 50 thousand tasks on three subjects: Russian, mathematics and biology. Yandex.Teacher offers webinars to help teachers organize distance learning.
  • YandexPracticum (available in English) and YandexAcademy provide access to online courses for beginner IT-specialists and other opportunities to master coding, analytics and testing skills.

Zoom has temporarily lifted the 40 minute time limit for free/basic users by request, in 20+ countries around the world for K-12 schools impacted by the Coronavirus to help enable teachers to continue teaching virtually. Request to have the limit lifted for your school here.

100E fighting COVID-19
100E helps every K12 school as well as university around the world fighting COVID-19 with free access to its distance learning tools based on 100E’s “Cloud Group Broadcasting” technology.

Digital resources for distant learning

The following educational platforms for distant learning can help learners, parents, teachers, and schools in Eastern Europe and Central Asia facilitate learning and interaction during periods of school closure. The list is not exhaustive and these resources do not carry UNESCO’s endorsement, however many of them have wide reach and user-base.