AIOU faculty visits San Jose State University

Liz Tu and AIOU faculty at Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility Workshop (note Urdu welcome on screen behind!) The Pakistan Distance Education Enhancement Program (PDEEP) is designed to build distance education capacity at Allama Iqbal Open University, one of the largest open universities in the world with more than 660,000 students throughout Pakistan. AIOU mainly uses the “correspondence” model of distance education–sending and receiving course materials thru the mails. SJSU is working with AIOU to increase the online delivery mode using the Sloan-C Quality Scorecard to build a solid foundation of eCampus infrastructure–including faculty training, administrative policies, student preparation, and instructional design.  Our pilot project focuses on their newly launched BS in Computer Science that is being offered at Omerkot and DG Khan–areas far from the major cities of Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. In Omerkot and DG Khan AIOU has built Regional Centers complete with excellent internet connections and computer labs, and installed a Polycom web conferencing system which allows professors at the AIOU campus in Islamabad to lecture and take questions from the remote classrooms. Project Director Mark Adams and Contract Manager Hillary Evans visited in February to set things in motion, and SJSU Computer Science Chair Jon Pearce visited in May, even giving a lecture to the remote classrooms. AIOU Professors Moiz, Daud, and Sultana are currently here with us at SJSU (through Sept. 24) working on the many elements required to build a high quality hybrid-online program. For more PDEEP photos click here.

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