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The Collaboratory designs, pilots, and spreads new ways to further educational and cultural diplomacy. Past work has included developing new programmatic tools for the Department, cultivating best practices for the use of technology in exchanges, and coordinating major initiatives like Education Diplomacy. The Collaboratory also works to advance new work methods that allow State Department teams to better perform in today's networked world.

Some of the Collaboratory’s current projects include:

  • The design and coordination of the MOOC Camp initiative where 205 courses have been taken by 4500+ students at over 65 Embassies and Consulates around the world.
  • Supplying the first class of Mandela Washington Fellow alumni with virtual engagement toolkits, enabling them to develop virtual and on-the-ground programs using the Internet in low-bandwidth areas, as well as managing regional Connect Camps to drive innovation and social change.
  • Organizing internal workshops to advance new work methods that allow State Department teams to better perform in today's networked world.

The Collaboratory also has worked on adding virtual components to existing ECA programs, such as the Fulbright Program and International Visitor Leadership Programs, to increase their impact. These virtual exchanges extend the connections made before, during, and after traditional exchange programs; encourages project collaboration among exchange participants; and engages new communities in the United States and around the world. The virtual exchange team also explores piloting new technologies and facilitating entire virtual exchanges in circumstances where participants cannot physically take part in traditional exchanges for various reasons such as political unrest, illness, or travel restrictions.

The Collaboratory has piloted several new work practices that allow State Department teams to better perform in today's networked world, such as Design Thinking and Drop Everything and Read.

The Collaboratory also acts as a convener for the Bureau and Department, bringing together experts from the private sector, civil society, and government to collaboratively explore the frontiers of educational and cultural diplomacy. The Collaboratory team is always looking to work with other bureaus, agencies, companies, and organizations to foster partnerships, collaboration, and keep abreast of the ever-evolving field of educational and cultural diplomacy.

THE COLLABORATORY NEWS
Mandela Washington Fellows brainstorming at the feedback wall.
September 2, 2014
Welcoming First Class of Mandela Washington Fellows to ECA's Alumni Network and Resources
Mars Mission Virtual Trip Announcement
April 16, 2014
Mars Virtual Field Trip: The Coolest Destination for Exchange Students
Photo of Amy Carrdus facilitating virtual exchange with Gold Star participants, and MCID
December 30, 2013
Google Hangout Supporting Gold Stars IVLP Program
Photo of children in classroom
December 12, 2013
Local Baltimore Classroom Takes Virtual Field Trip to National Aquarium
Screenshot Photo of American Corner Coordinators Sharing IVLP Experience in Virtual Exchange
November 22, 2013
American Corner Coordinators Share IVLP Experience in Virtual Exchange

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MOOC CAMP

About MOOC Camp

MOOC Camp are facilitated discussions around massive open online courses (MOOCs), Open Courseware, and other free online courses. They are hosted at U.S. Embassies, Consulates, American Spaces, and other public spaces around the world. Facilitated discussions are led by alumni who have participated in U.S. government exchange programs, such as the Fulbright program, and U.S. Embassy staff, who are familiar with the course materials and volunteer their time. U.S. Embassies and Consulates in more than 60 countries are currently participating, in subjects ranging from entrepreneurship and college writing to science and technology. Course content is drawn from major MOOC providers, including Coursera, edX, and Udacity, as well as from multiple Open CourseWare providers.

The Department of State is committed to identifying new models that offer broad learning opportunities, help meet the aspirations of young people around the world, and offer skills and knowledge that they can use to succeed in life. MOOC Camps do exactly that – all the while offering students a chance to test-drive a U.S. higher education experience. Program participants will also be able to learn more about opportunities to study in the United States through EducationUSA, a network of hundreds of student advising centers around the world that the State Department supports. Participation in the program is free and open to the public.

Interested in volunteering to host a MOOC Camp or in partnering with us? Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Facilitators of MOOC Camps can access the first version of our Guide for Facilitators online. One of the goals of the program is to learn about what works in blending MOOCs with in-person learning experiences. The practices in the guide are drawn from recommendations by facilitators, staff from our Embassies and Consulates, course professors, and MOOC providers. We are sharing this document publicly so that others can draw from past experiences and so that others can contribute recommendations where there are currently gaps. If you have a good practice you would like to share, send it to MOOC-WG@state.gov.

MOOC Camp, One Year Later

The MOOC Camp initiative was launched in August 2013 and formally announced in October 2013. After one year, we are excited to share some of the result of the program over the last year.

  •  Embassies, Consulates, and partner institutions hosted more than 200 total courses in more than 60 countries.
  •  In our first year, over 4000 students participated in the program.
  •  On average, between 40 and 60 percent of participants completed their courses. Camps in Kolkata, Kinshasa, Jakarta, and many other locations had more than 80 percent of their participants complete their courses.
  •  In Spring 2014, the most popular subjects were English Language learning and teaching (60% of courses) and entrepreneurship and business (20% of courses).
  •  In September 2014, we published the first version of our Guide for Facilitators

Courses

Below are locations that are hosting MOOC Camps. This list is updated regularly as new locations are added.

MOOC Camp Courses
MOOC Camp Courses
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Armenia

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Madagascar

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Peru

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Uruguay

- See more at: http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/mooc-camp#sthash.yPkoLuxZ...

Armenia
Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English

Discussion Location: Yerevan
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: educationusa@americancouncils.am

Benin
Course: Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part 1
Discussion Location: Cotonou
Start Date: January 20, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: IRCCotonou@state.gov

Bermuda
CourseEntrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer?
Discussion Location: Hamilton
Start Date: March 18, 2014
End Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: HmlAmConGen@state.gov

China
Course: Introduction to Public Speaking
Discussion Location: Shenyang
Start Date: March 31, 2014
End Date: June 6, 2014
Contact: xiaob@state.gov

Czech Republic
Course: Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat
Discussion Location: Prague
Start Date: January 27, 2014
End Date: March 21, 2014
Contact: acprague@state.gov

Egypt
Course: Introduction to Public Speaking

Discussion Location: Cairo
Start Date: March 31, 2014
End Date: June 6, 2014
Contact: cairoculture@state.gov

Course: Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship
Discussion Location: Cairo
Start Date: February 3, 2014
End Date: March 21, 2014
Contact: cairoculture@state.gov

India
CourseEntrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer?
Post Location: Kolkata
Start Date: March 18, 2014
End Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: KolkataMOOC@state.gov

Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English
Discussion Location: New Delhi
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: AmCenterND@state.gov

Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English
Discussion Location: Mumbai
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: libref@state.gov

Indonesia
Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English
Discussion Location: Jakarta
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: jakartasocnetwork@state.gov

Iraq
Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English
Discussion Location: Baghdad
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: BaghdadEnglishLanguageOffice@state.gov

Course: Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I
Discussion Location: Baghdad
Start Date: January 20, 2014
February 28, 2014
Contact: BaghdadEnglishLanguageOffice@state.gov

Kenya
Course: Entrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer?
Discussion Location: Nairobi
Start Date: March 18, 2014
End Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: ircnairobi@state.gov

Lithuania
Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English

Discussion Location: Vilnius
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: WebEmailVilnius@state.gov

Macedonia
Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English
Discussion Location: Skopje
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: EmbSkoWebM@t-home.mk

Madagascar
Course: Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part 1

Discussion Location: Antananarivo
Start Date: January 20, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: PAOAntananarivo@state.gov

Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English
Discussion Location: Antananarivo
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: PAOAntananarivo@state.gov

Course: Entrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer?
Discussion Location: Antananarivo
Start Date: March 18, 2014
End Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: PAOAntananarivo@state.gov

Mexico
Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English
Discussion Location: Mexico City
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: Emb.eua.mex@state.gov

Nigeria
Course: Introduction to Public Speaking

Discussion Location: Lagos
Start Date: March 31, 2014
End Date: June 6, 2014
Contact: culturallagos@state.gov

Peru
Course: E-Teacher: TESOL Methods for Teachers of English
Discussion Location: Lima
Start Date: March 31, 2014
End Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: lima_webmaster@state.gov

Course: Entrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer?
Discussion Location: Lima
Start Date: March 18, 2014
End Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: lima_webmaster@state.gov

Russia
Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English
Discussion Location: Moscow
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: moscowirc@state.gov

Course: Introduction to Public Speaking
Discussion Location: Moscow
Start Date: March 31, 2014
End Date: June 6, 2014
Contact: moscowirc@state.gov

Course: Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Ec...
Discussion Location: Moscow
Start Date: April 28, 2014
End Date: June 13, 2014
Contact: moscowirc@state.gov

Slovenia
Course: Entrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer?

Discussion Location: Ljubljana
Start Date: March 18, 2014
End Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: USEmbassyLjubljana@state.gov

Spain
Course: College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English

Discussion Location: Madrid
Start Date: January 23, 2014
End Date: February 28, 2014

Course: E-Teacher: TESOL Methods for Teachers of English
Discussion Location: Madrid
Start Date: March 31, 2014
End Date: May 2, 2014

Course: Introduction to Public Speaking
Discussion Location: Madrid
Start Date: March 31, 2014
End Date: June 6, 2014

Tanzania
Course: Entrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer?

Discussion Location: Dar es Salaam
Start Date: March 18, 2014
End Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: paodar@state.gov

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