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Friday, November 4 • 3:40pm - 4:05pm
Lessons Learned from the African Scholarship Cohort

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The Darden Graduate School of Business is a leader in providing massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the Coursera Platform. There are 2 specializations, almost a dozen courses, and over a million learners to date. In partnership with the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, we did a pilot providing a free specialization to accepted applicants to the African Scholarship Cohort. Over 100 learners started the specialization, all from sub-Saharan Africa. There were several goals: developing a stronger partnership with Mbarara, increasing learner enrollment in Africa, understanding persistence of African students in specializations, and trying to transform lives through open educational resources (OER). We've learned a lot in this program with 70 active students and it has been an amazing journey. This presentation will review some of our lessons learned, some transformative stories of learners, and a general overview of the program.

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Kristin Palmer

Director Online Learning Programs, University of Virginia
Take a wild guess - online learning. Getting faculty fired up. Improving the student experience at UVa. Having great conversations about increasing the quality of teaching and building high quality open educational resources. | I'm also a mom of 3 boys commuting to UVa from the SF Bay Area. Random items of interest - I traveled around the world at 18 instead of going to college (picture sailing down the Nile, climbing a mountain in Nepal... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 3:40pm - 4:05pm

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