|Kick-off Workshop on 'Facilitating Distance Learning using Digital Conferencing Facility'|
The first activity (Kick-off/preparatory workshop) of Asi@Connect WP5 Project
'Facilitating Distance Learning using Digital Conferencing Facility' was held in Office of the Higher
Education Commission (OHEC), Bangkok, Thailand during 25-27 September 2018. Thailand Research
Education Network Association (ThaiREN) hosted this Kick-off workshop.
This workshop aimed to set up overall program plan as:
- Interacting with contact personnel of beneficiary countries and principal investigators;
- Sharing requirements of each beneficiary country;
- Evaluating the requirements against available resource;
- Optimizing requirements or management of additional resources to meet the requirements;
- Identifying responsibilities of each beneficiary NREN;
- Preparing a “Road Map” for the whole project; and
- Having a hands-on training and real life feel of the platform to be established.
This programme is one of the selected activities by Asi@Connect 2nd Call and being implemented by
Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN) in collaboration with NORDUnet, Denmark.
The programme is aimed at deploying a Digital Conferencing Platform for enhancement of collaboration,
distance learning and knowledge sharing that will connect faculties, students, researchers, experts and
resources from anyone to anywhere. Deploying the platform within the TEIN itself locally will provide
optimal performance and minimize dependency on resources in Europe or the US.
In this workshop, Eighteen participants from the beneficiary country’s Research and Education Networks
-Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand attended the workshop.
Mr. Erik Kikkenborg from NORDUnet attended the workshop to appraise the technical design and hardware,
software, technical features of the distance learning system and also provide hands-on training on the system.
At the workshop, e-learning service tools such as the Zoom service and Open Source Learning Management
software(LMS) and online learning tools were introduced and participants shared practical tips and
know-hows for preparing virtual classroom and distance learning.
The next workshop will be held in Sri Lanka on April 2019 for the programme of the train the trainers.
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