DOT-COM Activity: Cambodia: Provincial Business Education through the Community Information Centers
Short Description: The Asia Foundation assisted Internews dot-GOV in delivering business-related distance learning opportunities to the provinces outside Phnom Penh that entailed development of business distance learning courses, such as accounting, marketing and business management, using a combination of computer- based training, paper-based course materials, online discussions, and face-to- face interaction, through the CICs in five provinces. These courses were offered through an accredited Cambodian University, and will lead to a degree or certificate.
Phase/Type of Activity: Buy-in or Incremental Funding Status: Completed
Start date: April 01, 2004 End Date: March 31, 2005
Partners: Asia Foundation
Person(s) to contact
Sarah Tisch, Ph.D. , Chief-of-Party
dot-GOV , Internews Network
Tel: 202 833-5740 x 203
Full Description: This project builds the capacity of a private Cambodian University, the International Institute of Cambodia (ICC), to offer three on-line courses on business education through Community Information Centers (CIC). The goal is to help Cambodian male and female entrepreneurs further develop their skills and also use the on-line environment to develop small businesses.
These courses will be offered through 20 CICs originally built by the Asia Foundation with USAID funds. Each CIC is based in the office of a local NGO, managed by a staff of well-trained operator/trainers, and provided with up to 10 computers, wireless Internet connections, a scanner, and printer. The combination of Internet access, IT trainers, meeting space, and a library full of local language reference materials makes the CICs an ideal venue for distance learning in the provinces of Cambodia.
This program will utilize the Internet, and the CIC network to deliver accredited university businesses courses, for Cambodians outside Phnom Penh, especially small business owners and recent high school graduates. New business schools emerging in Phnom Penh have no resources to reach out to students outside of urban areas and are tending to offer courses in English. Using the CICs allows students to study at a lower cost within their home environment and in Khmer.
The project is focused on five very rural provinces: Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Thom, Pursat, Kampot, Svay Rieng, Stung Treng, and Koh Kong.
Update: The 23 instructors at IIC and 4 from the CICs completed an on- line course e-learning Course Design and Facilitation offered by a Thailand- based NGO, Sustainable Development Learn (SDLearn, http://www.sdlearn.net), the technical and eLearning support partner, which offers on-line training to academic institutions and NGOs in the region. The instructors graduated in early March 2005 and are now developing and refining the three on-line courses to be supported by the project. The courses will be offered in Khmer. The project will support scholarships for the three on-line courses, which will be piloted in five provinces. The English version of the IIC website is www.iic.edu.kh/short_course/d_learning.php; the Khmer version is being prepared.
The first courses should be underway by June 2005. Additionally, recruitment of students has commenced. Students will be required to take a pre- course on basic computer usage and typing in Khmer Unicode as these skills are necessary for completion of the business courses. The courses will be principles of microeconomics; principles of marketing; and fundamentals of accounting principles. ICC is considering adding two more courses through other funding.
Development Sector(s): Enterprise Development, Information Technology, Higher Education, Workforce Development
ICT Intervention(s): e-commerce, ICT/Curriculum integration
Links and Files:
- January 2005 Interim Report
January 2005 Interim Report
- Evaluation: Provincial Business Education through the Community Information Centers (CIC) Project: http://http://www.sdlearn.net/eLearning%20evaluation.pdf
Evaluation Report prepared by consultant Kelly Hutchinson for the Asia Foundation, July 2005.
- Evaluation: Provincial Business Education through the Community Information Centers Project
Evaluation conducted by SilkRoad Cambodia for the Asia Foundation 2005. The goal of this assessment was to determine the extent and nature of the program's impact on the students, institutions,involved in implementing the project, and broader eduction sector in Cambodia.
- Evaluation Round 2: Provincial Business Education through the Community Information Centers Project
Second Round Evaluation conducted by SilkRoad Cambodia for the Asia Foundation 2005. The assessment built on the previous assessment of the impact of the eLearning Project on the students, IIC, CICs and Cambodia's educational sector in general. The evaluation focuses on the documentation of any changes/improvements that have resulted from Project activities and adjustments since Round 1 Evaluations.