LAC Reads Capacity Program

Key details

LocationAnguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Start dateJune 2021
End dateDecember 2021
ClientJuárez & Associates

Background

Open Development & Education (OpenDevEd) were contracted to support the delivery of the USAID-funded LAC Reads Capacity Program (LRCP). This programme of support aims to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of early grade literacy (EGL) interventions in the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region, through the development and dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge resources and provision of technical assistance to host country governments and other key stakeholders. The programme’s key activities are to:

  • Increase the availability of curriculum-aligned Open Educational Resources (OER) in the early grade literacy (EGL) field;
  • Provide pertinent and evidence-based training for use and further adaptation of OER in an Emergency Remote Training environment.

Our Approach

OpenDevEd engaged with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Working with key education stakeholders from nine OECS Member States, OpenDevEd worked to develop an open and adaptable repository of culturally appropriate early grade OER content.

contribution

In implementing the programme, OpenDevEd staff:

  • Conducted a needs assessment to understand resource gaps and relevant content initiatives, with an audit of existing OER repositories with early grade resources and desk research on virtual learning environments;
  • Reviewed the existing OECS curriculum for reading and literacy, as well as the UNESCO Global Proficiency Framework for Reading, and created a categorization framework for mapping resources (a Curriculum Coding Scheme);
  • Conducted iterative user testing cycles on platform prototypes (Kolibri, Kerko) to select an appropriate housing platform;
  • Designed and developed an open educational resource (OER) content repository using Kolibri, with over 2,900 curriculum-aligned early grade literacy resources in English and Spanish for Grades K-3, trialling and iterating suitable platforms with teacher focus groups. Reviewed existing materials and sourced culturally appropriate new materials;
  • Designed and delivered training sessions to teachers on Open Educational Resources;
  • Developed User Guides (front and back-end) to provide guidance to support long-term use and maintenance of the platform.

Documents

Key documents and references can be found here in our Evidence Library, including:

Full list of publications:

McBurnie, C., Megha-Bongnkar, G., Regis, C., D’Angelo, S., & Haßler, B. (2021). The use of virtual learning environments and learning management systems during the COVID-19 pandemic (LAC Reads Capacity Program No. 2). Open Development & Education. https://doi.org/10.53832/opendeved.0203

Megha-Bongnkar, G., McBurnie, C., Regis, C., D’Angelo, S., Gonsalves, S.-L., & Haßler, B. (2021). LAC Reads Capacity Program - Final report (LAC Reads Capacity Program No. 9). Open Development & Education. https://doi.org/10.53832/opendeved.0213

Regis, C., Megha-Bongnkar, G., McBurnie, C., D’Angelo, S., & Haßler, B. (2021). LAC Reads Capacity Program: Teacher categorisation inputs (LAC Reads Capacity Program No. 6). Open Development & Education. https://doi.org/10.53832/opendeved.0210

Regis, C., Megha-Bongnkar, G., McBurnie, C., D’Angelo, S., & Haßler, B. (2021). LAC Reads Capacity Program: User testing resuts (LAC Reads Capacity Program No. 7). Open Development & Education. https://doi.org/10.53832/opendeved.0211

D’Angelo, S., Regis, C., Megha-Bongnkar, G., McBurnie, C., & Haßler, B. (2021). LAC Reads Capacity Program: Curriculum coding schemes (LAC Reads Capacity Program No. 5). Open Development & Education. https://doi.org/10.53832/opendeved.0209

McBurnie, C., Megha-Bongnkar, G., Regis, C., D’Angelo, S., & Haßler, B. (2021). LAC Reads Capacity Program: Mid-term report (LAC Reads Capacity Program No. 8). Open Development & Education. https://doi.org/10.53832/opendeved.0212

Megha-Bongnkar, G., McBurnie, C., Regis, C., D’Angelo, S., & Haßler, B. (2021). LAC Reads Capacity Program: Audit of content repositories for early-grade literacy (LAC Reads Capacity Program No. 4). Open Development & Education. https://doi.org/10.53832/opendeved.0208

Megha-Bongnkar, G., McBurnie, C., Regis, C., D’Angelo, S., Gonsalves, S.-L., & Haßler, B. (2021). LAC Reads Capacity Program: Capacity strengthening report (LAC Reads Capacity Program No. 11). Open Development & Education. https://doi.org/10.53832/opendeved.0215

Megha-Bongnkar, G., McBurnie, C., Regis, C., D’Angelo, S., & Haßler, B. (2021). Rolling out a national virtual learning environment (LAC Reads Capacity Program No. 3). Open Development & Education. https://doi.org/10.53832/opendeved.0204