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Invitation to Join the DOT-COM Discussions

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The DOT-COM Alliance and the Global Knowledge for Development List (GKD) are working together to sponsor ICT for development-related discussions on specific topics, often following DOT-COM events. These discussions are being hosted and moderated by Education Development Center (EDC), who manage GKD.

Upcoming Discussions
Following the DOT-COM/InterAction Speaker Series: Online Professional Development for Educators event on May 6, 2004, DOT-COM and InterAction are hosting a month long follow-up discussion on GKD, starting June 1, 2004, examining the practical approaches to using online resources to deliver professional development opportunties to developing countries, especially in low-resource environments.

The agenda for this topic will focus on:
  • Learning about activities that provide online professional development for educators
  • Identifying the technologies, tools, and infrastructure required to have the desired impact and sustainability
  • Examining approaches for evaluating online professional development efforts
  • Exploring what's on the horizon - and what online technologies and techniques will be available in 5-10 years
A White Paper citing the cases, projects, experience, success stories, and recommendations presented by discussion members will be widely circulated throughout the development community. We encourage all discussion members to participate and share their experience and knowledge regarding:
  1. Policies, strategies, tools, and partnerships to deliver professional development using online resources
  2. Case studies, projects, achievements, challenges and lessons learned
  3. Success stories of efforts that have overcome challenges and effectively delivered professional development opportunities using distance learning and online resources, especially in low resource environments
How to Join DOT-COM Discussions via the GKD List
If you are already a member of the GKD list, you will automatically be able to take part in DOT-COM discussions. If you are not already a member, by joining the GKD list, you will be able to participate in this and future discussions.

Anyone who has electronic mail with Internet access can join the DOT-COM discussions by subscribing to the GKD List. To join please send an e-mail to:   

Do not enter a subject. In the body of the message, type the text: subscribe gkd

Do not put anything after GKD. You will receive a Welcome Letter to the List.

Unsubscribing from the Discussion
To unsubscribe, send a message to:

Do not enter a subject. In the body of the message, type the text: Unsubscribe gkd

Do not put anything after GKD.

DOT-COM Discussion Archives
You can also review the discussion archives for this and previous discussions at

Discussion Archives
  • October - December 2003: Connectivity in low Resource Environments
  • June 2004: Online Professional Training for Educators
Rules of List Discussion
This discussion is moderated. In order to make it most productive, we have adopted two simple rules:
  • Messages must be relevant to the topics of the discussion.
  • Profanity and personal attacks are not acceptable.
Messages violating the rules will not be posted.

  • Please introduce yourself in your first posting, including such information as experience with ICTs and development, activity in related groups, etc.
  • Please tell others about this discussion.
  • For our members in developing countries, access and down-loading are expensive. Therefore, please do not keep the body of the original text in your replies, except as absolutely necessary.
  • Make the subject header as descriptive as possible about the message content. When you respond to a message, keep the original subject heading intact unless it is no longer relevant to the message content.
  • This list has a global membership. Please exercise tolerance and respect toward other participants whose views may differ from your own.
Purpose of GKD
GKD was established to facilitate broad discussion of the role and impacts of knowledge, including information/communications technologies (ICTs), for sustainable development. With over 2,500 members from over 100 countries, GKD offers a major forum for the exchange of experience and knowledge. GKD examines a range of themes related to the use of ICTs for development:

  • Policies, strategies, tools, and partnerships to improve access to and use of information resources by the poor in rural and urban areas alike
  • Case studies, best practices, and other examples of activities that have expanded access to information and knowledge throughout developing countries
  • Success stories of efforts, including public-private partnerships, to build "knowledge for development" capacity in developing countries
  • Research findings related to information/communications technologies (ICTs) and development
GKD Database With the generous support of infoDev, EDC has built a Web-based database of the GKD messages to provide a valuable, "user-friendly" resource from the rich flow of information that GKD provides. This database includes all past and present messages from GKD discussions on a variety of topics related to ICTs for Development.

List Administrator
The GKD list and all discussions are moderated by Education Development Center (EDC), a nonprofit organization, the lead organization of dot-EDU and core partner of dot-ORG.

Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Energy and Information Technology (EGAT/EIT/IT), Office of Human Capacity Development: Basic Education Team (EGAT/HCD), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.

GKD is currently supported entirely by EDC. Past sponsors of GKD include the World Bank, UNDP, and UNESCO.

For Further Information
For further information about:

DOT-COM Discussions, please contact: Margie Joyce, DOT-COM,
GKD, please contact: Janice Brodman, dot-ORG,

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