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Sheila Jagannathan

Lead Learning Specialist and Program Manager

Sheila Jagannathan is Lead Learning Specialist and Program Manager of the OLC which is part of the Global Operations Knowledge Management practice of the World Bank.  She serves as the organization’s focal point on digital learning and issues at the intersection of technology use and education in emerging countries.   She is an innovative and strategic educational leader with over 28 years experience in designing and managing distance learning programs/knowledge products and transforming the use of online and classroom pedagogies and technology. Sheila also provides policy advice and technical assistance to World Bank country-level capacity building programs (both government and training institutes seeking to introduce technologies in their educational systems)  in, East Asia, China, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa and South Asia

Her current areas of interest and activity include:  MOOCs, experiential pedagogy, online/hybrid strategies, development of rich multimodal and social learning environments, big data and learning analytics, LMS and learning ecosystems. She serves on the advisory board and planning committees of several professional associations such as e-Learning Africa, the International Conference on e-Learning (ICEL) and the Association of Advancement of Computer Education (AACE). She holds a Masters and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Boston University in Education Media and Technology and Artificial Intelligence-based systems for learning respectively.

Recent publications include:
  • MOOCs and Open Education Around, edited by Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Lee, Thomas Reeves, Thomas Reynolds published by Routledge.
  • M-Powering the Poor through Mobile Learning.  Can accessibility through mobile applications be combined with pedagogy to build new approaches for learning? In book titled “Handbook of Mobile Learning”, published by Routledge, Edited by Zane L. Berge, Lin Muilenburg, May 2013
  • Social Networking, Adult Learning Success and Moodle by Margaret Martinez and Sheila Jagannathan, in book entitled “Adult Learning in the Digital Age: Perspectives on Online Technologies and Outcomes”. Ed By: Terry T. Kidd, Texas A&M Univ;
  • Moodle: A Low-Cost Solution for Successful e-Learning, By Margaret Martinez & Sheila Jagannathan, Learning Solutions Magazine
  • Learning Management System, The good, the bad, the ugly,... and the truth, e-Learning Guild Publication.
  • Blended E-learning in the Context of International Development: Global Perspectives, Local Design of e-Courses in book entitled “The Handbook of Blended Learning", ed by Curtis J. Bonk, Charles R. Charles R. Graham, Jay Cross
  • Creating Radio Waves through Digital Radio: An African Success Story, E-Learning Africa Report & Conference Proceedings
  • Applications of E-learning for International Development:, Ed Media International Conf Report, Assoc for Advancement of Computers in Education (AACE)