Creating and Running Online Courses: Webinar Series for the Indian Government

One Zoom Webinar each at 5:30 PM IST on June 17th, June 24th and July 1st
John Floretta, J-PAL Global Director of Policy and Communications, delivering a lecture at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, India.

J-PAL South Asia in collaboration with J-PAL Global is organising a series of webinars through June 2020 for officials from the Indian government. This series is geared to support the Indian government as it transitions to a centralised online learning platform to build the capacity of their officers. 

Webinar Series

One webinar will be held every Wednesday between 17th June- 1st July 2020. Details are below:

1. How to Plan your Course Launch: A Case Study 

This webinar will provide an overview of the best practices while planning an online course, including aspects such as roles and responsibilities of the course development team and the types of content required to be developed. The webinar will touch upon key questions such as: how do your modules work together? How will you measure student learning & the effectiveness of your teaching innovations?

  • Date: 17 June 2020,  5.30 PM IST 
  • Speaker: Sarah Gault, Senior Research, Education and Training Associate - J-PAL Global
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2. Best Practices on Creating an Online Course

This webinar will share guidance on creating lecture and exercise segments, finalising course details and beta-testing. Participants will learn about creating lecture and exercise segments that follow First Principles of Instruction techniques and best practices when testing content and preparing for course launch. 

3. Running an Online Course

Through this webinar, participants will learn about how to manage an online  course during its run. This webinar will touch upon topics such as best practices for TAs, proctored examinations and using learner analytics. 


Sarah Gault

Sarah Gault
Sarah Gault is a Senior Research, Education, and Training Associate at J-PAL Global, where she works on the MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy and J-PAL training courses including Executive Education: Evaluating Social Programs.   

Previously, she worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute focusing on topics relating to state and local public finance. Sarah also worked as a consultant to the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation Unit on a randomized evaluation of Nepal’s Agriculture and Food Security Project.

Sarah holds an MPA from Brown University with a focus on global and comparative policy and a BA in economics from the College of William and Mary.


Elizabeth Cao

Elizabeth Cao 
Elizabeth Cao is an Education Associate at J-PAL, where she works on the development and data analysis of two of J-PAL's education initiatives: the MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) and the blended MIT Master's in DEDP. Prior to joining J-PAL, Elizabeth worked as a research assistant on projects related to literacy and teacher retention.

Elizabeth holds an EdM in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in international studies and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to graduate school, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia where she worked on education and girls' leadership projects.


Maya Duru

Maya Duru
Maya joined J-PAL as the Associate Director of Education in 2018. She is responsible for the management and development of the MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy as well as the Department of Economics’ blended Master’s in Data, Economics, and Development Policy.

Maya holds a PhD in political science from University of California San Diego. She worked as the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for One Acre Fund prior to joining J-PAL.