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International Literacy Institute at the University University of Pennsylvania (ILI/ U of PA)
Project or Department: International Literacy Institute

The University of Pennsylvania's International Literacy Institute (ILI) is carrying out a major effort to use ICT for basic education and literacy in concert with a variety of public and private partners (such as UNESCO, OECD, The World Bank, and JPMorganChase). The ILI is developing a series of CD-ROMs and interactive web-support modules, as well as new methods for using ICTs for working with poor and low-literacy/illiterate populations in a number of developing countries. The ILI also houses the U.S. National Technology Laboratory for Literacy and Adult Education.

Organization Type:

DOT: dot-ORG dot-EDU

Web Site:

Project Web Site:

For more information on working with University of Pennsylvania:
Jeff Cochrane, dot-ORG CTO
Email: Tel: +1 202 712-1956

Academy for Educational Development
Siobhan Green, Information and Dissemination Coordinator
Email: Tel: +1 202 884-8948
Stephen Tournas, dot-EDU CTO
Email: Tel: +1 202 712-0154

Education Development Center
William Wright, Program Director
Email: Tel: +1 202 572-3700

University of Pennsylvania
3910 Chestnut Street
United States

Phone: 215-898-2100
Fax: 215-898-9804

Country Experience:

Ghana, South Africa

Asia & Near East

Latin America & Caribbean

Institutional Capacities:

Hardware, software, and physical infrastructure
Telecenters/Public Access Centers (installing LANs, establishing access, maintenance).
PC or online based training systems/ e-learning
Web design and development
Usability & user interface for disabled, non-literate, etc
CDRom based education
Software and application development
Information systems & database development
Knowledge management, collaboration tools
Technical training (LAN admin, web design, PC maintenance, software development, etc)
Internationalization of software/web sites/training content
Connectivity and telecoms assessments (local)
Portal design, development, maintenance
Application selection and integration
Content management applications

E-learning & e-training
Interactive web, CD-ROM or hybrid delivery learning systems
Repurposing face-to-face training to e-learning
Creating content for e-learning content
Implemening e-learning/e-training activities, and scaling up projects
Localizing content and applications

ICT projects for targeted audiences
Illiterate/low literacy/ non-latin characters
Rural populations
Low income communities

Monitoring and evaluation
Formative and quantitative evaluation

ICT and Health
Improving community access to health

ICT and Formal Education
Curricula creation and reform
Teacher training
Project-based learning through ICTs
Pedagogical analysis and evaluation

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Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Energy and Information Technology (EGAT/EIT/IT), Office of Human Capacity Development: Basic Education Team (EGAT/HCD), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.
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