About the Center
This Training and Content Creation Center is a culmination of strong partnerships with the public and private sector. It was initiated and nurtured by UNESCO during the last several years.
It started with a donation of hardware and software from Apple Inc and Intel. Then, a generous offer was made from H.E. Minister Hany Helal, Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The offer was to host the center in the Egyptian E-Learning University premises. Also, support from Wolfram Research was provided for advanced scientific software for the center. The sum of all efforts made this initiative possible through what may be considered a strong multi-stakeholder partnership.
Work-Flow in TCCC
The Center is equipped with a multitude of new technologies with a special focus on simplifying creation of digital content. These technologies focus on the following main areas:
Simple Content: The iLife© suite equipped in all machines (and comes free and pre-installed on all Apple computers). This enables a wide variety of content creation using mediums like audio, video and the web.
Advanced Scientific Content: Scientists can use Mathematica 7© (developed by Wolfram Research) – a fully integrated technical computing software.
Content Packaging and Delivery
The Center is also equipped with digital content delivery technology developed by Apple Inc. called the Podcast Producer©. Podcast is a complete, end-to-end solution for encoding, publishing, and distributing of high-quality university lectures onto a wide range of platform independent devices.
The UNESCO Apple Training and Content Creation Center has fully equipped state-of-the-art machines. These machines are fitted with latest technology for e-learning and scientific research and development.
Three features that demonstrate the power of these machines and illustrate the overall vision behind setting up this facility are:
1. Podcast Producer:
The Center is equipped with a Podcast producer that captures audio, video and pdf files during workshops, training sessions, and academic lectures in a/v. It also publishes the entire package with little or no human intervention in real time on university portals or third-party a/v content libraries like the iTunes.
2. Mobile Computing:
The TCCC facility will also have a mobile division, which will be used for R&D in mobile computing over 3G networks. A typical example of solutions developed in this facility will address “how can people in rural or remote areas view the same training modules described above in their homes where there is no Internet broadband but only mobile networks”.
3. X-Grid Low-Cost Super Computing:
The Facility is also equipped with Mac OS X Server, which allows Apple’s Xgrid technology. It also makes it easy to turn an ad hoc group of Mac systems into a low-cost supercomputer. Leveraging the power of Mac OS X Server, Xgrid is an ideal distributed computing platform for individual researchers, specialized collaborators, and application developers.
The Power of these Tools
- Easy Digital Content Creation: With these tools, universities can start generating their own content with zero or minimal training to their faculty
- Multiplier Effect: The tools offer solutions to easily generate content in large volumes and thereby facilitating in building huge repositories of academic lectures, which can foster the overall development of digital learning not only in Egypt but the entire region
- Large-Scale Accessibility: They provide means to disseminate content over 3G mobile networks therefore bypassing the usual pre-requisite of broadband internet connections for students
- Leapfrog into New Age: With a dedicated section for Mobile Learning and Cloud Computing, the facility allows access to leading technologies deployed by some of the top universities around the world to harness the full potential of ICT in education