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Global eLearning

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Description

This course will provide for you an international perspective on e-learning with the goal of helping you to be prepared for international students in your traditional or online courses, and to offer international e-learning or training within or outside of the context of your institution and your country.

Audience

Faculty, e-Learning administrators, directors or executives that are interested in making sure that international students receive a quality online experience, or anyone that plans to offer courses or training to students in other countries

Topics

  • Reflection on Globalization
  • Learning and E-Learning Around the World
  • Culture and its Relationship to E-Learning
  • Technological Considerations
  • Computer Literacy
  • Language and Localization
  • Governments' Roles in Implementing E-Learning
  • Mobile Learning
  • Open Source and Open Educational Resources

Outline

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Global Education and E-Learning
  • Module 2 - Barriers to Implementation of E-Learning
  • Module 3 - Implementation Strategies
  • Module 4 - Creating an Internationalized Curriculum

Goals

The goals of this course are allow instructors, designers and administrators to be able to design instruction for international students, and to understand issues to be faced in developing e-learning abroad.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the status of e-learning around the world, and describe the status of e-learning in detail for one country outside of the U.S.
  • Compare and contrast the U.S. system of secondary and post-secondary education with that of other countries.
  • Explain how e-learning design can be sensitive to multiple cultures
  • Articulate barriers to e-learning in developing countries
  • Explain how mobile learning and open educational resources can overcome barriers to e-learning.
  • Create an internationalized online curriculum

Length

This course is eight weeks in length.

Prerequisites

Participants must have taken Online Learning: An Overview or its equivalent.

Requirements

  • Participate in an ice-breaking activity and describe any previous international experience
  • Write a reflective essay on the effect of globalization on teaching and learning
  • Conduct research on the status of education in two different countries
  • Conduct research on the status of e-learning in a country of interest
  • Find information on an international e-learning conference and describe what you would learn from it
  • Determine the Power Distance Index for a country of interest
  • Conduct research to determine the level of computer literacy in selected countries
  • Discuss language and localization with other participants
  • Conduct research to determine how the governments of selected countries influence the design and implementation of e-learning
  • Design an e-learning assignment for mobile technology
  • Discuss issues surrounding the development of e-learning in developing countries
  • Create a plan for developing an e-learning program using Open Resources
  • Create a plan for an internationalized e-learning course

Delivery

Fully online in the Moodle CMS as www.mvcr.org

Workload

Expect to invest up to 8 hours/week in reading, writing, analyzing, and interacting with classmates

Credit Options

Taking a course for CEUs:

Registration for this course is open to the general public, but there is a registration fee for participants who are not faculty members of the University of Illinois. The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. SA1021).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):

All of our courses except the Advanced Online Seminars may be taken for graduate courses through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this ION site.

Fees

A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
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"While learning about skills and attitudes needed by online students, I had the opportunity to experience those needs myself."     

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Award winning courses

The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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