Summary of your professional background
Jacqueline Y. Peters-Richardson is currently the Principal (Ag) at the Antigua State College. Mrs. Peters-Richardson began working with Open Educational Resources (OER) in 2011 at the Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth Ninth International Training and Materials Development Workshop in Lesotho, Africa. Over the past eleven years, Jacqueline has created several Open Educational Resources and trained educators to use them.
Q1. What is the nature of your work in your current job?
As an educator, my objective is to ensure that every individual receives the best quality education that caters for their needs. My immediate goal is to assist with the development of the education system in Antigua and Barbuda to 21st century learning and teaching environment with new approaches and strategies to meet the needs of all learners. In addition to her current role, Jacqueline has collaborated with the Commonwealth of Learning, McMillan Education, and the Caribbean Examination Council, as well as Oxford University Press, on several projects and publications.
- Introduction to Accounting, September 15, 2011, Commonwealth of Learning.
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship. September 2011, VUSSC/ Commonwealth of Learning.
- The Business Environment. September 2011, VUSSC/Commonwealth of Learning.
- CAPE Entrepreneurship: Unit 1 – Entrepreneurship Theory. June, 2017, Commonwealth of Learning.
- CAPE Entrepreneurship: Unit 2 – Entrepreneurship Practice. June, 2017 Commonwealth of Learning.
Also included in her work is a presentation and a published article “ICTs and OERs Antigua and Barbuda’s Journey: An Analysis of ICT Integration and OER Content Development in Antigua and Barbuda”, presented at the PCF8 held in Malaysia in 2016.
Q2. How did your education and previous professional experience shape your current work?
Mrs. Peters-Richardson began her career in the field of education in October 1990. Over the past 31 years, she has engaged in several formal and professional development educational sessions to remain current on the philosophies, concepts and educational strategies and supported and provided the foundation to fulfill her duties and responsibilities as an educator.
- Certificate in Business Administration
- Diploma in Business Administration – Account
- BSc in Business Education
- ACCA – F1 Accountant in Business, F3 Financial Accounting and F4 Corporate and Business Law
- Masters of Arts in Technology and Learning Design (Merit)
- EdD Educational Leadership and Change (Student)
- Training & Materials Development. Organization: Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth – March 2011
- ICT in Schools. Organization: Commonwealth of Learning – April 2012
- ICT and the Roles of the Educator. Organization: Commonwealth of Learning – April 2012
- Assessing ICT Integration. Organization: Commonwealth of Learning – December 2012
- Learning, Teaching and Thinking with ICT. Organization: Commonwealth of Learning – December 2012
- ICT Leadership in Schools. Organization: Commonwealth of Learning – June 2013
- eLearning in the connected Classroom. Organization: Commonwealth of Learning – June 2013
- Collaboration in the Digital Classroom. Organization: OAS Intel Teach Program – July 2013
- Labour Competency Training. Organization: National Service of Learning – SENA – Colombia – October 2013
- Managing Learning and Teaching with ICT. Organization: Commonwealth of Learning – December 2013
- ICT Planning for Schools. Organization: Commonwealth of Learning – March 2014
- Education for Technology and the use of ICT in Education. Organization: METC Center of MASHAV – March 2018
Mrs. Peters-Richardson daily responsibilities include but not limited to managing the administration and academic arms of the institution. This involves setting and implementing policies and plans for the efficient daily operations of the institution; designing and implementing fiscal management that achieves the efficient and effective use of the Organization’s resources; coordinating the development and assessment of Academic college programmers; providing the stimulation and resources to college personnel so that demand-driven programmes are continually developed.
Jacqueline’s education and training over the past 31 years have significantly impacted the programmes and initiatives implemented over her career as an educator to support and facilitate the advance of learners’ skills, knowledge, and competencies, especially in professional development, technology, and ICT integration. These initiatives include technology integration, blended courses training, and technology-enabled learning projects for Faculty at Antigua State College with the support of Commonwealth of Learning.
Q3. How do you hope your work on Technology-Enabled Learning will change the learning landscape?
Jacqueline has often taken the lead in implementing technology and ICT integration training for teachers across the education system of Antigua and Barbuda. Her work in technology-enabled learning contributes to the changing educational paradigm in Antigua and Barbuda. In 2014, she was among twenty educators awarded the ICT Champion Award for their work and training in technology for teaching and learning. This drive for continuous professional development and technology integration is her legacy in the field of education.
With the onset of Covid 19 pandemic, her educational training and background formed the foundation for implementing a professional development unit at Antigua State College to offer support and training to faculty, staff and students. The faculty had to transition to online teaching-learning while the staff had to administer some online services. The Professional Development Unit was instrumental in ensuring that faculty, staff and students had a seamless transition to the various online platforms.
Q4. What broad trends do you think will have the most impact on learning in the years ahead?
Jacqueline firmly believes that our education system will not change the new initiatives and trends implemented due to Covid-19. She believes that her colleagues have seen the fruits of her training in technology and ICT integration training. The use of technology for teaching and learning in Antigua and Barbuda has grown after many years of leading the charge in this area (thanks to Covid-19). This trend has had the most impact on our education system. Although there is much more room for growth, the process has begun and with new and innovative educators like her, she believes that it will continue to impact education at all levels positively.
Q5. How do you visualise the role of a Community of Practice Platform like TELCOP?
Jacqueline believes communities of practice play a critical role in Education. Teachers need to share and learn from their colleagues and support the full development of their students. The communities of practice offer a platform to share best practices to motivate, support and mentor other professionals in our field. It also serves as a resource for educators. Teachers collaborating and sharing only make the system and profession more robust and diverse to meet the changing demands and diversity in education and our global community.
Q6. Apart from your current job-related tasks, what else are you working on?
Jacqueline is presently completing an EdD in Educational Leadership and Change. Her dissertation title is “Teacher Professional Development and How It Supports the Development of Students’ 21st-Century Skills (unpublished).
In addition, she is working on a Technology-enabled project to advance the faculty’s training in online course delivery and acquire new technology tools to support the implementation of a fully online programme at the Antigua State College.
Q7. Who are some of the most interesting people you follow on social media?
Education in Developing Countries (members access)
Education Community Managers Network (members access)
International School Educators (members access)