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  • 1. Innovation in e-Learning through Sponsored Project Based Learning Robert Fulton Barbara Orr Ashok Banerji Jones International University Presentation at IEC2008 Conference, Bangkok, 20-21 Nov 2008 http://www.thaicyberu.go.th/iec/
  • 2. Agenda
    • Rationale for e-Learning
    • E-learning approaches
    • Case example: JIU’s model
    • Sponsored Project Based Learning (SPBL)
  • 3. Why e-Learning
  • 4. Population By 2030
    • 1 China 1,475,912
    • 2 India 1,408,936
    • 3 US 344,145
    • 4 Indonesia 281,447
    • 5 Pakistan 239,948
    • 6 Brazil 226,130
    • 7 Nigeria 213,104
    • 8 Bangladesh 196,759
    • 9 Mexico 142,885
    • 10 Vietnam 105,996
    • Figures in Thousands
  • 5. Challenge: Quantity
  • 6. Challenge: Quality Insufficient teaching quality Not enough teachers Non creative, boring curriculum High dropout rates Availability of facilities & opportunities Lack of consistency & standard
    • Focus on rote as against hands-on learning
    • Emphasis upon passing exams rather than unlocking creativity
    • 41% drop out between class I-V
    • 54% drop out between class I-VII
    • 69% drop out between class I-IX
    • Shortage of teachers, particularly in rural areas
  • 7. Need to meet the challenges of quality & quantity
    • Increasing Global Competition
    • Quality of education and skills imparted will differentiate economies of the world
    • Success of the countries will depend how they manage the quality of the educational process.
  • 8. Challenges of Education Instructional Model Curriculum Assessment Faculty Management Facilities Quality Quantity Resources
  • 9. How to meet the challenges? Need: out-of-the-box thinking Innovations in e-Learning
  • 10. E-Learning Space
    • Technology holds tremendous promise
    • However, these are only tools
    • A well-stocked library of books cannot impart knowledge
    • Similarly all the exotic technologies cannot make one knowledgeable.
    Information resources Technology resources
  • 11. Communities of Practice
    • Much learning in adulthood is informal, social in nature and firmly embedded in the life context of the learner.
    • Learning takes place in social groups engaged in common practice.
    • In a community of practice, learning, practice and identity development are intertwined.
  • 12. Holistic e-Learning
  • 13. E-Learning Extended Space Faculty presence Cognitive presence External link Sponsor PBL Missing Authentic domain activities Social presence Collaborative partnership Information presence Technology
  • 14. Case example: JIU’s e-Learning model
  • 15. Sponsored Project Based Learning
    • Students complete professional synthesizing projects under the guidance of supervising professors and field-based sponsors in learning communities around the globe.
  • 16. Sponsored Learning = Service Learning 
    • The goal of sponsored learning is to be of service to the sponsor.
    • The student, as project manager, manages his/her own project for success.
    • Students provide a service; they are not asking for one.
  • 17. E-Learning EXPANDED Space Faculty presence Cognitive presence External link Sponsor PBL Social presence Collaborative partnership Information presence Technology
  • 18. Sponsored Project Based Learning
    • SPBL empowers learning - personally and professionally meaningful.
    • Students explore theory and its application to the solutions of real life challenges.
    • In each course work closely with a sponsor to complete a project that addresses a relevant, authentic problem.
  • 19. Student Learning Outcomes
    • Students are prepared to be active members of networks of practicing professionals.
    • Influential educators know how to build relationships with students, political leaders, business leaders and other professional educators.
    • Professional synthesizing projects improve the learning experience for students
  • 20. High Quality Professional Synthesizing Projects
    • Students connect to leaders in their fields.
    • Students do professionally meaningful work that changes their worlds for the better.
    • Students open avenues for their personal career development and become professionals.
  • 21. Criteria for Sponsors
    • Thought leaders in the field as bridge to academic environment
    • To provide guidance for the student’s professional synthesizing project
    • To ensure that the project has a real-world application
    • To help ensure that the project relates to the course’s topic
  • 22. Sponsor Responsibilities
    • At the beginning of a course, the student’s sponsor is asked to review the course learning outcomes, as well as the student’s proposal.
    • Toward the end of the course, the sponsor reviews the completed professional project.
    • Approximate time commitment is 1-2 hours over an eight-week period.
  • 23. Student Learning Outcomes
    • Through multiple measures , the program has documented student achievement of course and program learning objectives, including:
      • High quality, portfolio-ready projects.
      • Sponsor appraisal of student learning.
      • Supervising professor appraisal of student learning.
      • Student satisfaction ratings with their learning.
      • In-course and course-to-course retention.
      • Graduation rates.
      • Placement into the workforce.
      • Employer appraisal of graduates’ performance.
  • 24. Education for the 21st Century
    • Education is key for economic growth
      • need for educated workforce
    • To compete in a knowledge-based economy
      • need citizens educated for the 21st century, with 21st century skills
    • Innovation
  • 25. Ashok Banerji PhD Profiles Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/ashokbanerji Naymz: www.naymz.com/search/ashok/banerji/2171835 Project Future(s) of Education Project: www.futureofeducationproject.net University Jones International University ww w.jonesinternational.edu Contacts Dr Robert Fulton, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Barbara Orr: barbaraorr@faculty.jiu.edu Dr. Ashok Banerji: abanerji@faculty.jiu.edu