Professor Manjula Vithanapathirana spoke at a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Education in Crisis: Rethinking Education in (Post) Pandemic South Asia.’ The 2021 online conference was organized by the University of Oxford from July 23-24 and highlighted the need for remote teacher development programs such as CONTESSA, which will be fulfilling the need for a primary teacher development program through a blended or online mode in the post-pandemic context in South Asia.
The Train-the-Trainer workshops were held over three days in both Sri Lanka (June 30 – July 2, 2021) and Cambodia (June 23 – 25, 2021).Day 1: On this day, the Train the Trainer program was introduced through OPAL Learning Management System, including the building blocks of the program and the details of the CONTESSA modules.Day…
International conference on Teaching, Education and Learning will cover the rigorous analysis of the educational process, systems and approaches along with the cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts. Professor Manjula Vithanapathirana delivered the keynote address for the Conference on CONTESSA with the title “A Blended Learning Primary Teacher Education Innovation: Lessons from an international collaboration between Europe and Asia amidst of COVID-19 pandemic.”
Ms. Samadara Amarasinghe and Mr. Igala Gamage Chinthaka Chandrakumara will present CONTESSA at the 7th International Research Conference on Humanities & Social Sciences (IRCHSS 2021) which will be held on March 18th and 19th, 2021 at Waters Edge Colombo, Sri Lanka with their presentations.
Prof. Manjula Vithanapathirana presented her submission titled: “E-readiness and Techno-anxiety of postgraduate teacher trainees: Exploring the psychological climate for introducing Blended Learning through CONTESSA project” at the Annual Research Symposium 2020, Faculty of Education, the University of Colombo on the 18th December 2020.
CONTESSA was presented at the Science Day for the Faculty of Environmental, Regional and Educational Science at Uni Graz.
The University of Graz and University of Colombo presented CONTESSA at the DAAD Conference. It was an online conference ‘Connecting Germany and South Asia – Fostering Partnerships in Higher Education.’ It was the first-ever online meeting to bring together the stakeholders of all DAAD-funded cooperation projects organized by DAAD India to celebrate the 60th Anniversary aimed at facilitating cross-learning and future collaborations. 100-125 people participated.
Thomas Köhler, Orkhan Jalilov, Manjula Vithanapathirana, Shironica P. Karunanayaka, Sandra Hummel, Bridget Sheehan presented CONTESSA at the 23th annual conference GeNeMe on “Communities in New Media” in Dresden with their submission entitles, “EduTech Implementation in a global higher education network. Empirical data from a field study in South Asia”.
The CONTESSA annual meeting was held online with great success! Project members met over the course of two days to discuss the development of the courses and the Train-the-Trainer program, the aquisition of technical equipment, future deliverables and deadlines and public relations opportunities.
Sandra Bohlinger presented CONTESSA at the 18th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu with her submission entitles, “Reforming teacher education by means of learner-centered pedagogy: The case of Cambodia” The goal of the conference was for education professionals around the world to “share their broad array of knowledge and perspectives.”