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ERIC Number: EJ768678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
The PANdora Model of Collaborative Distance Education Research
Distance Education, v28 n2 p245-252 Aug 2007
From 2005 to 2008, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is funding a series of distance education (DE) studies in its Pan Asia Networking (PAN) region. Eight collaborative projects are under way in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The projects emphasize information and communication technology (ICT) appropriate to Asian DE, and cover a wide range of practical and policy topics, including the use of open-source software (OSS), mobile technologies, learning object materials (LOMs), and online assessment methods. The PAN projects' approach is designed to build on the strengths of individual Asian research teams, and to avoid overlap and duplication between projects and nations. The initiative has been named "PANdora," representing "PAN Asia Networking Distance and Open Resource Access." This article presents the PANdora projects (2005-2008): (1) Accessibility, Acceptance, and Effects of DE Technologies in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka); (2) The Viability of Mobile SMS Technologies for Nonformal DE in Asia (Mongolia, Philippines); (3) Evaluation and Customization of Open-Source Software for DE in Asia (Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam); (4) Instructional Design Training for ICT-Based DE in Asia (India, the Philippines); (5) Distance-Based Teacher Education in Bhutan (Bhutan); (6) A Repository of Reusable Learning Objects for DE in Asia (Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand); (7) E-assessment Methods and Models for Student Evaluation in Asia (Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka); (8) Best Practices in DE Technology for Capacity Building (Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam); and (9) Evaluation of DE Practices for Policy Recommendations (China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Viet Nam). This article includes an interview with the researchers engaged in the PANdora projects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia