TESS-India is led by The Open University and Save The Children India, funded by UK Aid it is a multilingual teacher professional development programme whose aim is to support India’s national educational policy by enhancing the classroom practice of primary and secondary school teachers through the provision of freely available, adaptable Open Educational Resources (OER).
A collaboration between Indian and UK educational experts and policy makers, the OER aim to support the adoption of more learner-centred, inclusive, participatory, engaging, effective classroom pedagogy, thereby positively influencing children’s progress and achievement throughout their schooling.
The OER focus on the development of these pedagogic practices in relation to Language and Literacy, Science, Maths, and English. Each unit includes case studies, readings, reflective tasks, and – most importantly - opportunities to apply and refine these practices in the classroom. The units are complemented by authentic videos of other Indian teachers employing new practices with their own students.
Aimed at both pre- and in-service teachers, the units may be used for self-study, or mediated by teacher educators in a range of professional development contexts.
A separate set of text and video based OER is designed to enhance the professional development of school leaders, thereby encouraging a whole school approach to transforming teaching and learning.
Through their respective State Resource Groups (SRGs), Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Assam and West Bengal are currently involved in supporting the use of the OER among their teachers and school leaders. Thus, in addition to pan-Hindi and pan-English versions, there are translated, localised versions in three varieties of Hindi, as well as Odia, Kannada, Assamese and Bengali. These ‘state authenticated’ versions may be further adapted in response to institutional or local needs.
The OER may be used flexibly - in any order, in whole or in part. A range of examples are available, illustrating the ways in which Indian teachers, teacher educators and school leaders have selected from the OER in order to address specific educational issues.
The OER are accessible in a variety of formats: print, online, DVD, pen drive and micro SD, and have also been adapted for small screen use such as mobile devices.
A number of research initiatives are currently underway with regards the production, dissemination and use of the TESS-India OER, details of which are available on the Open University’s International Development and Teacher Education website.