Dr. Jon Pearce, Professor of Computer Science at SJSU, Delivers Lecture from AIOU.

Dr. Jon Pearce , Professor of Computer Science at SJSU, Delivers Lecture from AIOU.

On June 2nd, 2014 Dr. Jon Pearce, Professor of Computer Science at San Jose State University, gives a lecture from Allama Iqbal Open University’s main campus in Islamabad, Pakistan broadcasting to regional centers in Umerkot and D.G. Khan. Having been an active member of the PDEEP grant team from nearly its inception Dr. Pearce continues to move to forward the PDEEP initiative by enhancing AIOU’s Computer Science departments learning outcomes. During his numerous visits to AIOU, Dr. Pearce has provided both methods of instruction and useful learning tools to ensure the future success and growth of AIOU’s Computer Science Programs. Among these methods and tools, the Auto-Assessment software being installed by Dr. Pearce and the AIOU Computer Science team in Islamabad was developed by SJSU Professor Cay Horstmann, who briefed visiting CS professors from AIOU on how it works last fall, and generously gave his permission to use his software freely to give students in the remote regional centers of Pakistan plenty of coding opportunities and feedback. SJSU Professor Kathleen Obrien worked with PDEEP to provide dozens of programming problem examples and solutions, along with gamification examples used to teach algorithms. Then to customize the solution for AIOU’s system, SJSU CS student Daniel Mai wrote custom code as specified by Dr. Pearce to make the program adequate for AIOU’s needs. When asked about the impact of Dr. Pearce’s teaching and influences on AIOU professors and students, Regional Director of Umerkot at AIOU, Ali Anwar states,

“Dear Jon , You are warmly welcome here. We were excited to hear from and have wonderful interaction with our students of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science who are successfully learning a variety of subjects through the video conferencing at their respective locations in Umerkot and D.G Khan.”

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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.

Featured Article: More Science, AIOU’s bold initiative to build science labs in Pakistan.

AIOU WEBMore great news from our partners in Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) who plan on setting up science laboratories in regional campuses across Pakistan. This bold initiative named “Science for the Society” has been undertaken as an effort to promote the sciences in Pakistan’s youth. AIOU already has the most state-of-the-art science laboratory in its main campus and now is poised to set up 100,000 open schools to educate  male and female students who could not continue their studies. Continue reading

Featured Article: “Open Schooling” initiative and “Girl Power Programme”

AIOU WEBGood afternoon everyone today we bring you great news from Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) which is our partner school in Pakistan on their recent educational projects named ” Open Schooling System” and “Girl Power Programme” respectively. President Asif Ali Zardari said that under “Open Schooling System” project AIOU will achieve high success in bringing back women, girls, young and adult men who had dropped-out of school, back to school.

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Featured Article: Concession to female students in low literacy regions

KalashWomen_manalahmadkhanHere is a great quick read for everybody, our partners (Allama Iqbal Open University) keep making headlines in the education sector with this new memorandum they have just agreed to. We are happy to be collaborating with an institution that serves 1.2 million students throughout Pakistan, of which 64% are female students.

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Photography courtesy of manalahmadkhan.