Hundreds of millions of children, youth, and adults around the globe lack access to quality education. Learning Equality strives to address this inequity by creating products and tools that can be adapted and contextualized to meet learning needs, with or without Internet access.
Founded as a nonprofit organization in 2013 by a group of students, Learning Equality first launched KA Lite, our first-generation platform which brought the Khan Academy videos and exercises offline. Learning Equality expanded on that product in 2017 to create Kolibri, an adaptable end-to-end suite of open-source tools, educational resources, and support materials designed for offline-first teaching and learning. We’ve always focused on boosting learning outcomes in some of the world’s most challenging contexts, supporting disconnected learning in refugee camps, rural schools, orphanages, and out-of-school programs. To date, Kolibri has been translated into 30 languages and is being used in 220 countries and territories.
Learning Equality is directly supporting the implementation of Kolibri with collaborators in more than 30 countries, including Vodafone Foundation, UNICEF, and UNHCR, as well as a global network of organic adopters advocating for learning opportunities in their communities. With the support of organizations such as Google.org, the Hewlett Foundation, and the nonprofit tech accelerator Fast Forward, we are continuing to grow our products to be able to reach more communities around the world.
We are seeking a consultant to support the mapping of educational resources to the national curriculum in Mozambique. This project will begin in August and will need to be completed by the beginning of October. We are open to individual or team contributors for this project, with a preference for those based in Mozambique.
Why this project is important:
Curation and categorization of digital Open Educational Resources (OER) — especially to align to curriculum standards — can play a significant role to support supplemental learning. This curation process requires an understanding of the target curriculum, the various ways OER can be used, curriculum development, and the right people and resources to cover training and capacity. Because it is an unfamiliar initiative for many agencies and governmental bodies accustomed to a single pre-aligned textbook, it also requires coordination in the form of guidance, decision tracking, and communication of the mapping.
In this role, you will be tasked with:
- Conducting a mapping for Mozambique that matches digital content resources to the Ministry of Education curriculum using the Kolibri Studio curricular tool. The amount of curriculum coverage and range of grade levels will be decided by Learning Equality and the consultant(s) jointly, with a preference for STEM at the lower-secondary level.
- Developing a report of the mapping process, outlining the steps required, stakeholders engaged, and any obstacles that occurred.
- Liaise with key contacts within the ministry, education service providers, and digital content providers to inform the curriculum map.
This position might be for you if…
- You have instructional design experience as a teacher, educational content creator, curriculum designer, etc. You know how to read curriculum standards, understand what goes into a lesson plan, and have a good knowledge of all the pedagogical methods that teachers might be likely to use with digital materials.
- You care about open educational resources. You have experience working with open educational resources and understand the work that needs to be done to create assessments, and re-organize a collection of diverse resources so that they are as easy for teachers to use as a textbook. You will be working with openly available resources in Portuguese from the Kolibri Content Library, such as Khan Academy.
- You care about inter-sectoral issues. Your work will cover a range of issues related to using education for technology, including but not limited to community-based design, considerations for effective edtech integration, and ensuring inclusive and safe learning environments for displaced learners.
- You are passionate about generating public goods. The results of this project will inform ongoing development of tools to streamline the curriculum alignment process.
- You can work on your own and with an international team. This consultant will be working primarily on their own with support from the Learning Equality team, with training materials and the majority of communications in Portuguese. Since Learning Equality is headquartered in the United States, you will occasionally need to correspond in English (and contracting will be done in English as well).
Don’t let it hold you back from applying if you don’t meet these requirements but please mention if you do!
- You’re familiar with the Kolibri Learning Platform and/or Kolibri Studio. You will be using the Kolibri Studio curricular tool to map the open resources to the national curriculum, so familiarity with the platform and how it can be used in blended learning environments with the Kolibri Learning Platform is beneficial.
- You have experience working with the curriculum in Mozambique. Since you will be mapping content to this national curriculum, knowledge of the curriculum is a plus.
- You have expertise teaching with edtech. Experience with STEM is a plus.
At Learning Equality we work towards a world where everyone can achieve their full potential through access to quality education. To achieve this goal we seek and support a diverse team representative of the cultures and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, religious beliefs and skills that are reflective of our global community of users. We are passionate about diversity because it brings strength, creativity, perspective and joy to our team.
Applications will be accepted through 5pm Central Africa Time / 8am Pacific Time on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.