Sheila Jagannathan | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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Sheila Jagannathan

Lead Learning Specialist and Program Manager

Sheila Jagannathan is Lead Learning Specialist and Program Manager of the e-Institute. The e-Institute is part of the Knowledge and Learning Practice of the Learning, Leadership and Innovation (LLI) vice-presidency. She serves as the organization's focal point on elearning 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. Her experience is at the blend of technology and learning, and she has worked with both private and public sector organizations in designing and managing distance learning program in the US, all regions of the World Bank. Sheila provides policy advice, research, and technical assistance to governments and training institutes seeking to introduce technologies into their education systems. Her current areas of interest and activity include: MOOCs, experiential pedagogy, online/hybrid strategies, development of rich multimodal and social learning environments, big and learning analytics for education, LMS and learning ecosystems. She is on the advisory board and planning committees of major professional associations of elearning such as the E-learning Africa, (Annual International Conference for developing E-learning capacities in Africa), International Conference on e-learning (ICEL).

Her recent publications include: 

  • MOOCs and Open Education around the World, edited by Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, and Thomas H. Reynolds, Routledge Publishing (forthcoming 2015)
  • Blended E-learning in the Context of International Development: Global Perspectives, Local Design of e-Courses
  • Moodle: A Low-Cost Solution for Successful e-Learning, e-Learning Guild
  • M-Powering the Poor through Mobile Learning: Pedagogical Perspectives, forthcoming publication in Handbook of Mobile Learning