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Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program e-Learning Initiative

Arizona State University and USIU-Africa join the Mastercard Foundation to support learning institutions in the global Scholars Program network to develop capabilities and resilience to deliver high-quality and inclusive e-learning and related supports so as to enable all students, including those who face additional barriers, to successfully pursue their studies from anywhere.

With support from this dynamic partnership, participating institutions will build capacity to accelerate, adopt and sustain e-learning. The initiative seeks to change policy, develop practices and build resources that create favorable conditions for scalable, sustainable online education. Mindset shifts toward online learning will become increasingly positive through strengthening supportive infrastructure at the institutional level.

Building capacity together

Our approach is shaped by the design principles underpinning the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program e-Learning Initiative:

  • The initiative is co-designed by collaborators.

  • The initiative leverages the strengths of each entity.

  • The initiative focuses on impact and sustainability.

  • The initiative is building the foundation for working and learning together.

Together we will:

  1. Build capacity at the systems level through roundtable sessions, workshops and other engagement activities to support institutional change and policy focused on e-learning.

  2. Help institutions build internal expertise in e-learning by providing advanced certification of faculty and instructors at Scholars Network institutions through training, mentoring, peer networking and content development support.

  3. Establish system-level support and expertise through a distributed Center of Excellence, guide member institutions on the evolution of their e-learning resource centers and provide ongoing support services to member institutions.

  4. Assess and measure the process of progress of e-learning readiness and adoption through participatory research and evaluation and scale-up design

Mastercard Foundation eLearning Initiative