Higher Education ODL Knowledge Base
Higher Education Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Knowledge Base
Project has been approved by the 31st General Conference as part
of its newly implemented cross-cutting strategy on the contribution
of information and communication technologies to the development
of education,science and culture and the construction of a knowledge
society. This project aims to support decision-makers in developing
countries and countries in transition on policy issues relating
to implications of open and distance learning including transnational
education and e-learning provisions, such as virtual universities.
particular the project will focus on content, accessibility, quality
assurance, cost-effectiveness, social and cultural relevance and
impact of ODL provisions at the tertiary level. Based on an analytical
study of the findings, capacity building for policy and decision-makers
will be fostered.
co-operation between the UNESCO's Education and Communication and
Information Sector as well partnerships with key institutes/field
offices and the regional committees for the recognition of degrees
will play a central role in this project.
A series of needs' analysis in target regions have been initiated
in Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, the
Arab States Region and in CIS countries. In addition, a survey of
existing databases and knowledge bases with relevance to this field
is being elaborated.
preliminary activities, which have been largely funded through cooperation
with the Communication and Information Sector, will be completed
in early 2002 and serve as the basis for detailed workplan for the
project in 2002-2003.