500 School Leaders Take Part In VIL Online Course

Mariko Kagoshima

Some 500 school leaders are currently participating in the Virtual Instructional Leadership (VIL) online course, which will equip them with the necessary skills and competencies to effectively manage their schools remotely.

The course targets principals and vice-principals in early-childhood, primary and secondary schools across the six educational administrative regions.

It was developed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, through the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The course is designed to support principals’ management and supervision of teachers using e-learning platforms.

Additionally, it provides a strong foundation for teaching with technology and explores distance learning design and delivery while providing strategies for instructional supervision and management and sustainability of the school’s e-infrastructure.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to use digital collaborative tools to enhance administrative duties from a distance, develop accountability systems to guide virtual engagement and supervision of staff, and make educated decisions about the adoption of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and digital tools to support teaching and learning in their respective contexts.

“The VIL is designed to last. It is sustainable in that it will be permanently available on the Learning Management System at the NCEL. It can be viewed or enhanced in keeping with the changes in policies, expectations and technology,” Dr. Ingleton said.

Country Representative, UNICEF, Mariko Kagoshima, noted that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education systems is far-reaching throughout the world.

She explained that this rapid shift to remote schooling poses a challenge for school administrators as they are expected to adapt and effectively demonstrate their leadership skills of managing instruction, curriculum, staff and standards in an online setting.