Gender awareness and pedagogical innovations in the introduction of open and distance learning (ODL) in Nepal
Abstract: This case study explores preliminary experiences and findings from an ongoing NORHED program, Improving Quality and Access to Teacher Training through Information and Communications Technology (ICT), hereafter termed QUANTICT , from 2013 to 2019. The overall aim is improving access to and quality of teacher training in Nepal through open distance learning (ODL). The program aims to deliver two master’s degree programs for teachers through ODL, one in English and the other in mathematics education. Grounded in and framed by the diverse Nepalese context, this study outlines Nepalese policies and strategies on the use of ICTs in education and in teacher training specifically, and it explores the application of technology, curriculum revisions, and pedagogical implications for enhancement of gender Equity and inclusion. Findings from a pre-pilot phase further identify how male and female students utilized ICTs as a tool for their learning purposes.