This paper highlights on teacher education of today needs a change in vision and action to cater to the demands of changing societies. Reforms, improvement, and new approaches in teacher education are need of the hour. Online training of teachers using OERs is a new approach in this direction. This approach is based on the assumption that online training will facilitate mass training of teacher trainers/trainees and will be helpful in filling the huge gap in demand for skilled teachers. The other assumption is that being OER-based training, it will be easy to adapt it to different cultures and languages. Considering these assumptions, the present paper discusses about promises and on-going initiatives of online training of teachers about the art and science of teaching; underlines benefits of using OER for training of teachers; focuses on possibilities of using OER to make teacher training more relevant and up-to-date to fulfill socio-economic expectations; and offers useful strategies for effectively using OER-based courseware for initial training and continuing professional learning of teachers.
Journal or Publication Title
Proceedings of the 2nd Regional Symposium on Open Educational Resources: Beyond Advocacy, Research and Policy (24-27 June 2014; Penang, Malaysia)