US: Department of State: E-Teacher Scholarship Program (FY 2015)

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Date: 2015/03/24
Policy Status: Current
Language: en
Jurisdiction: National
Country: United States of America
Institution: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
Policy license: CC BY

Tags: education, OER

Policy Title: US: Department of State: E-Teacher Scholarship Program (FY 2015) - Go to the policy
Author(s): U.S. Department of State,
Description: The Office of English Language Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/A/L) announces an open competition for the FY 2015 E-Teacher Scholarship Program which will offer foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to engage in virtual learning opportunities, including but not limited to online university courses, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), webinars, communities of practice, digital libraries, and other virtual methods of learning. In cooperation with ECA/A/L, the recipient will manage scholarships for appropriate online learning courses in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages which will be offered to teachers nominated by U.S. embassies overseas. Courses may be offered globally, regionally or to specific countries at the request of U.S. embassies.

Approximately 1,200 teachers world-wide will participate in online courses under this cooperative agreement. All courses are to be university-level English as a Foreign/Second Language professional development courses that will familiarize participants with U.S. student-centered teaching methods, introduce the most current methods and techniques in teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language, and prepare the participants to formally disseminate the newly acquired knowledge to their colleagues.

All courses will be licensed using open copyright guidelines through the use of the Creative Commons Attribution License, version 4.0 or later (CC BY), to ensure that this award will have a significant multiplier effect, be cost-effective, and that it will encourage innovation in the development of new learning materials. More information on participants and regional groupings can be found in Section A.5) Participants and further information on CC BY licenses is in Section A.4) Program Administration.

Grant: $2,500,000

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