April 8, 2005
Education Group Summary
What types of technology were employed?
Virtual reality (to envision fields to increase "bang for buck")
Move to cost-effective travel options (e.g. pr campaigns)
What fields were represented?
Higher education--workforce develop access
--international student numbers
International NGO--girls education
Teacher at secondary school (technical) in SSA
What barriers to implementation were encountered?
--reliabiilty of education services
--credibility of providers
--connecting action to technology
--getting information out there through technology
--insufficient resources, malfunctioning system
--maintenance to infrastructure
--power (etc, etc)
financial resources (capacity building)
--understanding (acceptance of technology)
(social traditions, e.g. girls)
--shortage of technicians, teachers
How were the barriers to implementation overcome?
--updating regulations and policies
--increased capacity of institutions to adapt
--privacy concerns, such as sharing data
--concern about viability of outcomes
Needs assessments, etc, workforce-ready skills, customized curriculum --> technolgoy a solution?
--access through satellites (global communication at lower costs)
--energy sources attained
Minister of Education in SSA (Horn of Africa)
Consultant in Thai Ministry of Education to strengthen business, healthcare education (linkages)
tools to address the cost of access
access to information aided the reduction of some barriers, fostered creativity, etc.
nationwide investments in teacher education (student centered approach)
--introduced solar power
--provided mobile phones, internet
--radio/tv education programing (domestic programming and international)
training of technicians & teachers about technology
Thanks to Holly Emert for faciliating the group and for transcribing the group notes.