The KPEC (K-Perak E-Learning Cluster) project was a school-based programme designed to provide professional development for teachers in a cluster of five selected schools in Perak, Malaysia.
CORE joined with some of New Zealand's other leading providers of e-learning products and services to form the iNZed (Innovation New Zealand Education) Group which managed the three-month demonstrator project to build e-learning capability within the schools.
The focus of the project was on demonstrating the importance of building teacher capability in terms of ICT knowledge, skill and pedagogical practice in order to achieve the desired outcomes in terms of effective use of ICT in teaching and learning, including a positive impact on student achievement.
CORE's contribution to the iNZed effort focused on leveraging the many years of experience that CORE has of designing and delivering a national level programme of professional development in ICT using a cluster-based model. Derek Wenmoth, director of e-learning at CORE was the programme designer for the KPEC pilot, and used accumulated experience and research of CORE within the New Zealand context to design a programme in Malaysia that was informed by the principles that have underpinned the New Zealand experience.
Jedd Bartlett and Jenny Keeton, experienced members of CORE's NZ-based professional development team, were the people on the ground in Perak, Jedd as the iNZed programme manager and Jenny as iNZed facilitator. They were responsible for the training and mentoring of the local facilitators, providing expert guidance, and modelling of the sorts of practices that these people were then expected to do in working with the local school teachers.
Teachers were supported by facilitators working in schools, and by specialist online support and links to existing content made available from the iNZed team through the project website.
Key elements of the KPEC programme were online forum conversations, a virtual field trip, and collaboration both between the cluster schools, and with schools in New Zealand.
The pilot three-month programme began in March 2007 and included:
- a training period for local facilitators (KPEC facilitators) and school facilitators,
- professional development for identified teachers from the 5 schools (mentor teachers),
- a programme of ICT challenges and experiences for selected students, and
- a celebration event.