GSE Service-Learning student tapped for Sloan Consortium award

Allison SelbyPSU student, Allison Selby, is working with students all over the world, without leaving her home in Asheville, North Carolina. She works for Kaplan University, which delivers online programs, and she has won the 2013 Sloan-C Effective Practices Award from The Sloan Consortium. Ms. Selby’s entry, called Project iNext, is a Virtual Internship project that Kaplan’s School of Information Technology took on for the Peace Corps.

Ms. Selby and her Kaplan colleague, Julie Frieswyk, created a unique online internship program that gave Kaplan IT students the opportunity to work with a global organization on several website projects that supported international initiatives. The IT students gained real-world technology experience, along with project management, exposure to diversity, and a better understanding of how to work with an international client—all without leaving their homes.

Allison Selby has taught in higher education for ten years. She developed and taught various digital media courses for many schools. She is a faculty member at Kaplan University, School of Information Technology and is currently enrolled at Portland State University in the Graduate Certificate in Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning in Postsecondary Education. Her primary focus is on extending service-learning and internship opportunities for adult students through virtual solutions.

The PSU Service-Learning in Higher Education Graduate Certificate is a fully online 18-credit program that offers evidence-based strategies for engaging adult students in community-based learning. Students can choose a local or international focus and most complete the certificate in one year or less.

The Sloan Consortium is a professional online learning society devoted to advancing quality e-Education learning into the mainstream of education. Originally funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C is now a nonprofit 501(c) 3, member-sustained organization.

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