On-line training to developing countries: how to

This is a (quick) answer to a question Howard Rosenberg made in a comment last Friday.

His questions were:

  • If one would like to offer on-line training to developing
    countries, how would one go about getting involved in such an endeavor?
  • Thru NGOs?
  • Which ones?

My immediate answer is: errr, umm… oooops.

The approach of the Cooperation for Development programme at the Open University of Catalonia is quite different or, if you prefer, similar to what it is pointed in question #2.

Put it simple:

  • As a University we think our expertise is not cooperation for development, but education and training (and research and knowledge spreading, but this is another part of the story)
  • As a virtual (and only virtual) University, we believe our main added value is how to deal with online learning
  • We thus empower NGOs for free on how to deal with online learning: instructional design for e-learning projects, online teaching, etc.
  • What NGOs? Don’t know. Mainly, they get to as and ask for cooperation.
  • Of course big NGOs have more resources (human over all) and a wider vision concerning investement, training, capacity building, etc. so they are our main target, explicitly or implicitly

Don’t know if I answered the question… but I guess it was a difficult one ;)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2005) “On-line training to developing countries: how to” In ICTlogy, #20, May 2005. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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