Fall 2009 through Summer 2012, the E-Teacher Scholarship Program was funded through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, ECA/A/L with 7 innovative, online, graduate level courses to English teaching professionals abroad through University of Oregon, Linguistics Department, American English Institute (UO AEI) and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
Courses were open to candidates worldwide. All participants were nominated through U.S. Embassies or Consulates. More than 1000 educators were nominated each year. For the 2009-10 academic year (Fall/October 2009 through Summer/September 2010), we were able to provide online scholarships for more than 500 candidates; in 2010-11 for more than 650 participants; and, for 2011-12, for more than 1000 participants, with representation over time from the following 100+ countries, listed below in alphabetical order:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia (FYROM), Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank, Yemen and Zambia.
Following are links to PDF files for the 7 course descriptions, listed in alphabetical order by title, as published on the E-Teacher Scholarship Program website. All course materials are delivered electronically and included in each course.
Actual course start/finish dates vary slightly from course-to-course, per table below, but all courses run a minimum of 10 weeks. Course length may vary slightly for UO and UMBC due to variations in holiday and orientation schedules.
|Term||Courses Begin||Courses End|
|Fall 2011, UO:||September 26, 2011||December 02, 2011|
|Fall 2011, UMBC:||September 22, 2011||December 14, 2011|
|Winter 2012, UO:||January 09, 2012||March 16, 2012|
|Winter 2012, UMBC:||January 05, 2012||March 21, 2012|
|Spring 2012, UO:||April 09, 2012||June 15, 2012|
|Spring 2012, UMBC:||April 05, 2012||June 20, 2012|
|Summer 2012, UO:||June 25, 2012||August 31, 2012|
|Summer 2012 UMBC:||June 21, 2012||September 05, 2012|
Participants lived in time zones and locations all around the world and courses were delivered in asynchronous mode (not in real-time). Participants planned to be online on a daily basis in order to complete assignments and contribute to discussion threads. However, so long as they met weekly deadlines, they could do their online work any time and any place at their convenience.
Participants were expected to spend 8-10 hours per week in course work. Factors which can add more time to course work include slow Internet connectivity locally, a level of English language proficiency which was not adequate to handle university-level work, or other local factors related to teaching, family, etc.
University of Oregon (UO) and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) offered 10-week online E-Teacher courses 4 times per year: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. We used a rolling enrollment system and placed candidates in courses as spaces became available. All candidates were required to complete the online registration process in order to accept the scholarship and secure their places in the course.
Participants received certificates upon completion of their course projects and other assignments with a score of 70% or higher. At the end of each 10-week session, certificates were express mailed to U.S. Embassy and Consulate sponsors for local distribution.
Individuals who were new to online learning were welcome. However, course participants needed to be familiar, at a minimum, with:
Regular access (once a day is ideal but 4-5 times a week can work, if need be) to a computer with an Internet connection is a must.
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