Diploma courses online now available
The International Baccalaureate® has signed a long term, comprehensive cooperation agreement with Pamoja Education, covering the development and delivery of a broad range of online courses for the IB Diploma Programme.
Enrolment is now open for eight two-year Standard Level and Higher Level courses, which will begin classes in September this year.
What is the Diploma Programme Online?
The Diploma Programme Online Project was initiated in 2006 to explore options for online course delivery as part of the IB’s access agenda, which aims to enable more students to experience and benefit from an IB education regardless of personal circumstances. Following discussions within the IB community, and through the experience of offering a number of pilot courses in 2009, we developed a clear understanding of how the Diploma Programme curriculum could be translated to the online environment in a way that enhances the IB experience.
The introduction of Diploma courses online will expand the curriculum options and increase flexibility for existing IB World Schools.; It will also enable us to reach students in remote locations and provide them with the opportunity to also participate in an IB experience through an authorized IB entity. We’re pleased that this collaboration agreement with Pamoja Education will result in the creation of challenging courses that meet our high standards of quality. Students and teachers from around the world will be interacting online in virtual classrooms, using the latest web technologies.
Pamoja Education Limited is an Oxford, UK-based social enterprise, founded by the Geneva-based investor and philanthropist John McCall MacBain. The company was founded exclusively for the purpose of developing and delivering top quality online courses for the IB Diploma Programme. The organization’s ethos proved a good fit for the IB. As well as being able to provide the financial support and the necessary expertise, Pamoja have also demonstrated that they share our values and global vision for 21st century IB education. They are committed to the quality of the courses and the students who enrol.
Our experience with Pamoja Education began more than a year ago, and has encompassed close cooperation in the development and delivery of the four online IB courses launched last September. We look forward to building on that success this year and in the years to come.
Pamoja Education’s courses meet the very high expectations established by the DP Online. The courses are:
- developed by IB-approved subject experts
- designed for strong student-teacher relationships and collaboration between students.
- offered in small sections, which are balanced to achieve a high degree of global diversity and interaction
- taught by experienced IB teachers, who have received special training in online education.
All current and future Pamoja Education courses are subject to ongoing review by the IB and by external experts chosen by the IB. We can assure you that through close cooperation, but also through ongoing monitoring and quality control, we will ensure that the design and delivery of each course meets the high standards that you would expect from the IB.
Opportunities to participate
The online courses are currently available in English to internal students at IB World Schools already authorized to offer the Diploma Programme.
Additionally, these schools will soon have the opportunity to receive a supplemental authorization to become an IB “Open” World School, permitting outside students to enrol for online courses through the school.
If you wish to find out more about enrolment and the range of courses available for September 2010 please visit www.pamojaeducation.com
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