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Strengthening Digital Learning in South African Schools: Improving Subject Advisors’ Digital Literacy through Professional Development
Strengthening digital learning has many benefits and is becoming increasingly important within the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to maximise the potential of digital learning, educators need to be empowered to use transformative pedagogies supported by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), online tools and resources. Given the critical role that Subject Advisors play in supporting educators and curriculum delivery, it is vital that they have access to high quality professional development initiatives focused on improving their digital literacy. This policy brief explores Subject Advisors’ digital literacy and ways in which this could be strengthened. The brief suggests that an ICT and Digital Learning Framework for Subject Advisors be developed to guide their professional development in this area. Subject Advisor Professional Learning Communities (PLC) should also be established with a specific focus on digital learning. Finally, the ongoing monitoring and building of digital literacy skills for advisors and educators is recommended.