SUMMARY: Pakistan Distance Education Enhancement Project
The purpose of this three year, US State Department funded grant is to enable San Jose State University in California to partner with Allama Iqbal Open University in Pakistan with the goal of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of globally networked distance education in both countries. SJSU will work with AIOU in developing online faculty training and the institutional resources to empower online and hybrid-class instructors with state-of-the-art teaching and instructional design, resulting in increased student access to world-class education and measurable improvements in performance outcomes.
SJSU and AIOU will participate in faculty exchange programs to San Jose, California and Islamabad, Pakistan, as well as utilize learning management systems (such as ACORN/Desire2Learn) and web conferencing communication tools (such as Skype). Professors will co-design, test, assess, and implement collaborative online international learning methods specifically to enhance the computer science and education curricula.
These innovations will be piloted in computer science and education courses, with students and instructors from Pakistan and the United States working together on projects designed to build multi-cultural competency and the ability to work effectively in international teams—skills greatly in demand in the global employment marketplace.
Our project also includes opportunities for AIOU student-tutor internships and faculty mentoring as newly developed course designs and technologies are applied in AIOU’s own learning management system (ACORN/Moodle).
We are confident the showcasing of success and sharing of the lessons learned will result in an ongoing, mutually beneficial long-term relationship, supporting AIOU’s goal of continuing to develop into one of the world’s largest and most successful distant educational networks found today.