All Teachers Directed To Install TPD Mobile App Ahead Of TPD Courses
The teachers service commission on Wednesday rolled out refresher courses, which will be pursued by all teachers in selected universities.
Its now emerging that one of the most crucial requirements for the TPD courses is the TPD mobile App. What this implies is that all teachers who are willing to secure their teaching licences and registration numbers will first have to acquire a smart phone, of specifications that can be used for studying.
Mount kenya university had gone ahead of the three other institutions in the race for hunting ‘students’ and advertised its ongoing intake for TPD courses, even without a clear indication of when the courses are likely to start.
Among the requirements that Mount Kenya indicated, which was confirmed as very important by a TSC staff is the TPD mobile app. The App, which will allow easy application and students onboarding process, has the following features;
- Pay bill integration for easy application
- Registration process
- Integration with e-Learning to allow access to resources
- Communication, Feedback and progress monitoring. Certification
- Digital transcripts to be issued to students upon completion of a chapter and the same shared with the Teachers Service Commission.
To install TPD mobile, go to the google playstore in your android or windows phone and search.
The structure and design in the four universities is almost similar; physical face to face classes during the holidays and virtual classes during school days. This can be interpreted to mean that for 30 years, teachers will not find time to other things except fulfilling the requirements of the employer.
The overall objective of the TPD is to improve learning outcomes in Kenyan schools by:
- Institutionalizing a culture of life-long learning of teachers and instructional leaders
- promoting institution-based professional learning practices;
- Equipping teachers and instructional leaders with 21st century skills;
- Building capacity for teachers and instructional leaders’ competencies in creating supportive, safe and healthy learning environments.
Upon successful completion of the TPD program, the teacher shall be issued with a teaching certificate renewable every five years.
- Introductory module
This program will introduce teachers to Teacher Professional Development and to the Seven (7) Kenya Professional Teaching Standards (KePTS). The introductory module has five (5) chapters, which are expected to be completed within one year. The content of each chapter is based on current knowledge and research applicable to the practical needs of a Kenyan classroom teacher. The content and activities are applicable to real-life situation of a practicing teacher, are self-directed and experiential. They reflect a diversity of perspectives and address the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a teacher in line with the TPD Policy Framework.
- Six modules (Level 1-6)
After the introductory module, the teachers and the instructional leaders will then proceed to the level one module. There will be two different modules: One for the Teachers and the one for Instructional Leaders. Level One module will have 5 chapters. A teacher or an instructional leader will take one chapter per year for a period of 5 years but to a maximum of 7 years. Level two to Level six modules will each take 5 years.
Mode of delivery
Blended mode consisting of face-to-face (On site) shall be done during school holidays and online learning where the teachers and instructional leaders shall access the online content any time anywhere via modern technologies.
MKU will use a combination of various interactive learning platforms that are technology-driven to deliver an awesome learner experience through self- paced learning.
The University will use Microsoft teams for interactive video sessions, Question and answer sessions, breakout sessions, and short recorded videos amongst other platforms on certain topics to guide the learner.