Pilot Project Summary for the Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System
In Support of the Global University System
The Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System is a subset of the Global University System (GUS) formed in Tampere, Finland in August 1999. The Asian/Pacific System will support GUS development and activities by establishing partnerships and distance learning demonstration projects in the Asian/Pacific region. The Asia/Pacific consortium will explore technical capabilities and options, as well as match educational needs and resources, for the delivery of affordable, needs based distance learning throughout the Pacific/Asia region.
The goal of the Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System is to spearhead the linkage of existing distance education and telehealth networks to establish equal access to education and healthcare throughout the Asian/Pacific region.
The purpose of the Asian/ Pacific distance learning and telehealth system is to collaborate with people of the Asian/Pacific region in the identification and assessment of their needs for education, professional development, technical training, and health care, and to identify how technology can be used to create a knowledge sharing network to meet those needs. The Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System will promote sustained international cooperation, capacity building, and an inter-cultural foundation for the education and health care through the electronic sharing and exchange of information.
To accomplish this vision the Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System will build upon progress that has already been made in order to:
Objective 1: Improve sustained connectivity between and among governmental, educational, health care institutions and non-profit organizations within the Asia/Pacific region.
Objective 2: Promote the identification and/or creation of appropriate educational content, based upon the real and perceived needs and cultural values of the learners and participants.
Objective 3: Promote "best practices" in the distance delivery and exchange of knowledge and information through pilot projects, formal evaluation and scientific investigation.
Objective 4: Promote private sector involvement in the development and sustainability of the increased connectivity through the establishment of private-public partnerships.
Objective 5: Promote opportunities for sustainable economic development and entrepreneurship.
PROGRAM TIME LINE:
December 1, 1999 December 31, 2000
POSSIBLE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS:
Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D.
Founder of CAADE (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education)
President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of Global University System
43-23 Colden Street
Flushing, NY 11355-3998
Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time onlyprefer email)
Burns Telecommunications Center
Montana State University-Bozeman
Bozeman, MT 59717
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
809 United Nations Plaza, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1-212-986 8114
Fax: +1-212-986 8131
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