Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) Programme in Sri Lankan Schools
Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) is a programme of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to promote digital education environments in Commonwealth nations by assessing digital education competencies, developing learning materials around digital education skills, providing training opportunities for teachers, and monitoring student achievement and its relationship to livelihood. The C-DELTA programme provides a framework for fostering digital learning and developing skilled citizens for lifelong learning.
The Faculty of Education at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL), with the support from COL, implements research projects to facilitate and promote the adoption of digital education environments, by developing capacity among school teachers to implement C-DELTA programme in the secondary school level in Sri Lanka, and evaluate its impact on the teaching-learning process.
It is envisaged that the participants of the project will develop their competencies in adopting and promoting C-DELTA in their schools by improving their digital education leadership skills, thus becoming effective professionals who can cater to the digital education environments in their institution.
Phase 1 of this project was very successfully implemented in 39 Sri Lankan schools representing the nine provinces of Sri Lanka, from July 2018 – March 2019.
C-DELTA (Phase 1) Project Team and Participant Teachers – Intervention Workshop, 21 July, 2018, OUSL
Phase 2 of the project was implemented since December 2019 with 33 teachers from Sri Lankan schools, targeting to complete by July 2020. However, due to the unexpected COVID-19 global pandemic, smooth implementation of the project activities was hindered, and it was extended until April 2021. Amid various challenges and practical issues, the coordinating teachers made committed attempts to proceed with the project. While the adoption of C-DELTA by teachers and students has been slow, the pandemic situation itself has made both teachers and students realize the significance of improving digital literacy and related skills.
C-DELTA (Phase 2) Project Team and Participant Teachers – Intervention Workshop, 3-5 January 2020, OUSL
We have commenced Phase 3 of the project from February 2022.
This dynamic site features the key aspects of the research project, and captures the real life practitioner experiences and reflections, reported in the form of written and video “stories”.
As the project continues we envisage that the adoption of C-DELTA will be continued in the Sri Lankan schools via these teachers functioning as “digital education leaders in action!”