Ericsson deploys VR training tool in Myanmar schools

eGov Innovation editors
28 Nov 2018

Ericsson has deployed a virtual reality (VR) training tool as part of its ongoing Connect to Learn program in Myanmar.

With the implementation of the VR training tool, Myanmar is now one of the first countries in the world implementing VR as a professional development tool for teachers.

The deployment of the VR training tool is the latest phase in the Connect to Learn program. The tool allows teachers from 31 government secondary schools across Myanmar to practice integrating ICT into their day-to-day classroom teaching, even while they are away from the physical classroom.

Eric Timmer, Head of Ericsson Myanmar states, “We consider students to be the ultimate beneficiaries of the VR Training tool as this will allow the teachers who are part of the Connect to Learn program to adopt a more student-focused teaching style in the classroom. Furthermore, the fact that the teachers can continue to practice and develop their teaching methodology using VR will help contribute to the sustainability of the Connect to Learn program.”

The VR training tool has 4 modules that are downloadable from a cloud-based server, with each module designed to allow teachers to practice methods of teaching that are more student-centered.

Teachers’ performance on the trainings are recorded and are accessible on a cloud-based server. This feedback mechanism contributes to teachers’ motivation and self-improvement. The VR tool also provides a means for the Ministry of Education to equip teachers with improved pedagogical skills for student-centered teaching.

Ericsson VP of sustainability and corporate responsibility Heather Johnson said its Connect to Learn program was conceived to address some of the challenges relating to secondary education access and quality.

“We launched this global education initiative in 2010, together with the Earth Institute of Columbia University and Millennium Promise, with the aim of scaling up access to quality secondary education,” she said.

“Connect to Learn does this by bringing ICT to schools in remote, resource-poor parts of the world, over mobile broadband. To date, Connect to Learn has been launched in 25 countries, benefiting over 120,000 students and engaging 17 mobile operators. Our largest Connect to Learn initiative is in Myanmar, where we have served 29,000 students to date.”

Since it was commenced in 2014, Connect to Learn has delivered connectivity, customized content, devices and teacher training to 31 schools across Bago, Mon and Mandalay, benefiting the education of 29,000 students to date.

The consortium of partners supporting the current Connect to Learn program include Qualcomm Wireless Reach, the Earth Institute, the Ministry of Education (MoE), and the Department of Basic Education in addition to Ericsson.

First published in eGov Innovation

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