SELFIE kick off meeting in Azerbaijan
One of the strategic priorities identified in National Strategy on Development of Education in the Republic of Azerbaijan is establishing education infrastructure which provides modern lifelong education.
The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan implements policy actions for enhancing application of modern and innovative education technologies in all levels of education. The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan expressed its clear interest to pilot SELFIE. The Bureau on ICT for Education under the Ministry of Education was selected as the coordinator organization for this exercise.
The aim of this event is to launch a SELFIE (Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational Technologies) pilot in a number of schools in Azerbaijan to enable the school's self-assessment and further strategic planning of digital transformation accordingly.
Outcomes of piloting will be analysed to formulate recommendations how SELFIE tool could be scaled up and integrated in the national education system. SELFIE is an initiative of the European Commission (https://ec.europa.eu/education/schools-go-digital/about-selfie_en) that aims to support the innovative use of digital technologies in teaching and learning in primary, secondary general and vocational schools, and digital competences of learners. SELFIE guides schools in a self-reflection process involving school leaders, teachers and students on how they could integrate and effectively use digital technologies for teaching, learning and student assessments. The SELFIE questionnaire explores six areas, namely leadership, infrastructure and equipment, continuing professional development, teaching and learning, assessment practices and the digital competence of students. Results are collected in a paper-free, interactive report. At system level, SELFIE offers, through anonymous, aggregated data, an overview of the digital readiness of the school system in Azerbaijan.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- Launching a SELFIE pilot in Azerbaijan, involving secondary general and vocational schools selected by the Ministry of Education;
- Explain the SELFIE pilot process at school and system level, including how to interpret and apply the results.
- Train the school manager and two teachers from each participating school on how the SELFIE tool can be set up and used in their school, including how to interpret and apply the results.
This event and the subsequent results of the SELFIE pilot will inform the Ministry of Education on further steps with a possible system-wide piloting of SELFIE and towards the digitalization of schools in Azerbaijan.