In 2018, GTPE offered an array of experiences and services to serve a variety of groups and communities. From launching a language-learning app, to workforce training in Costa Rica, to enabling high school students to earn math credits for college and more, GTPE has served learners and employers in innovative ways.
Georgia Tech signed an agreement with Costa Rican investment promotion agency, CINDE, to provide workforce training in high-demand areas. Delivered via GTPE, the training includes courses in Lean Six Sigma, analytics and data science, cybersecurity, project management, and ESL, among others. Through this partnership, the Costa Rican government aims to increase skilled talent and prepare Costa Ricans for new job opportunities.
Georgia Tech’s MOOC, Information and Communication Technology Accessibility (ICT100x), was developed to enable employers to meet the accessibility needs of employees and customers. It won an award by the Zero Project in Vienna, Austria. The course addresses the importance of creating an inclusive workplace and was recognized for it's innovative practice in accessibility. Georgia Tech's AMAC launched the course in 2016 with the help of GTPE, the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), and G3ICT, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies.
The Language Institute and C21U collaborated to design a language-learning app to help non-native English speakers improve professional communication for successful business interactions. The app, Speak English Professionally, is based on the Language Institute's successful MOOC by the same name. By the end of FY2018, the MOOC had more than 215,000 enrollments and total enrollments for all Language Institute MOOCs exceeded 398,000 with enrollments increasing by 20 percent.
The Language Institute, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Education and Faculty Development, developed and launched a number of support initiatives for international graduate students. Custom-designed courses on academic writing, strategic listening, and strategic reading have served more than 115 international graduate students since Spring 2017. Other initiatives include a screening process and support courses for 30 international teaching assistants (ITAs) in Summer and 40 ITAs in Fall 2018.
The proactive, learner-centered approach of the academic programs team at GTPE enables learners in our online Master of Science (OMS) programs to focus on their coursework while the team handles the administrative aspects. The team provides guidance to learners from recruitment all the way through graduation. Learners in the OMS degrees get the personal attention and advice usually associated with small, limited-enrollment programs although thousands of learners are enrolled in these highly popular degrees-at-scale.