Since the start of the pandemic in the month of March 2020 till today, the teachers have gone through a process of transformation of their teaching styles through adopting the online mode of teaching with putting extra efforts and hard work. Due to this total and abrupt change, teachers faced several vicissitudes: using new technology for teaching, tutoring, and motivating students from a distance; significant technology-mediated learning, implementing instruction with technology, and effective communication in virtual environments. Yet, most of the teachers began to provide educational care in a virtual mode without experience and prior training for this challenge.
After the reopening of the educational institutions in a ‘new normal’ setting, they are keeping both online and physical classes schedule side by side for the safety of students, giving extra time to cover up the syllabus. Adaptations and innovations were required at the university and teacher training institution to prepare the teachers to cope with the challenges. The year 2022 still poses many challenges for education due to the prolonged impact of COVID-19.
In response to this current challenging situation, the SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with the University of Tsukuba and supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Japan will convene the 10th SEAMEO-University of Tsukuba (UT) Symposium on 10-12 February 2022, under the theme ‘Teacher Education in the Past, Current and Challenges for Future,’ and sub-theme ‘Reimagining Teacher Education in the New Normal Post-COVID-19’.
The symposium is offered with free of charge, however the pre-registration is required for all participants before 7 February 2022. Pre-register through this link: https://link.seameo.org/10SEAMEO-UT_RegisParticipants.
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