I know that it is sometimes at the end of a project that great things, unexpected things, can happen. In that spirit, the next six months could be quite productive for the ambitious PDEEP grant, which ends officially on Aug. 30, 2015. Our 3-year grant has been very successful in building good relationships with AIOU, a mega-university with 1.3 million students throughout Pakistan. With the culmination of the PDEEP project approaching it seems likely we have planted many more seeds that will sprout someday in hopes of fostering new initiatives to further enhance educational systems at AIOU . My goal is that “someday” is within the next 6 months!
Below is a list of the PDEEP projects underway in collaboration with professors at SJSU and AIOU in Pakistan:
- Online Tutor Training Involves researching the most successful online tutor training programs, then creating and implementing training in this crucial skill. SJSU Consultant Dr. Mohammad Saleem, Professor of Mathematics
- Online M.Phil in Secondary Teacher Education The first online program to launch at AIOU will train K-12 educators in every province in new pedagogy and internet tools. SJSU Consultant Prof. Debbie Faires, School of Information
- Innovation Assessment State of the art assessment strategies applied to the innovations introduced by the PDEEP grant, this project is designed to give decision makers and learners reliable insight into what’s working. SJSU Consultant Prof. Bobbi Makani, Instructional Technology Services
- Student Internships in Computer Science Telecommuting Another “first of it’s kind” in Pakistan, designed to prepare CS students (men and women) for telecommuting jobs by providing short internships in remote regional centers. SJSU Consultant Mark Adams, PDEEP Director
- Learning Management System–Student Information System Integration (LMS-SIS) The automated creation of users and courses in Moodle to prepare for the goal of every AIOU class having a course website. SFSU Consultant Andrew Roderick, External Projects Manager
- Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Multicultural and technology training to facilitate student to student collaboration on projects like water/drought mitigation, cultural awareness, and interpersonal skill development. SJSU Consultant Prof. Minna Holopainen
- Auto-Assessment of Java Programming Using a program written by SJSU Prof. Cay Horstmann, this project allows students in remote regions to obtain feedback on programming assignments. SJSU Consultant Dr. Jon Pearce
- Faculty Training and Development Schedule of 6 contact-hour faculty training modules developed specifically for the PDEEP grant by SJSU experts in Open Educational Resources (Dr. Christina Mune), Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility (CFD’s Accessibility Expert Elizabeth Tu), Innovation in Education (Prof. Rick Kepple), Infusing Sustainability in the Curriculum (Dr. Anne Marie Todd), Building Flipped Courses (Dr. David Parent), and more.
Stay tuned for more briefings on our progress. By Mark Adams, Project Director, PDEEP