DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES FOR S&T WORKERS OFFERED
MANILA, August 25, 2004 (STAR) By Rudy A. Fernandez - It is now possible for Filipino science and technology practitioners to seek advanced training and education without leaving their workplaces.
Through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Virtual Institute of Science and Technology (ASEAN-AVIST), updating their professional knowledge and skills without interrupting their work routines has become possible.
A project of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST), through the Subcommittee on S&T Infrastructure and Resource Development (SIRD), AVIST offers courses relevant to the needs of Southeast Asians through distance and open, or virtual, mode.
This means that student-professor interaction will mainly, but not exclusively, be in an online environment facilitated by the innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICT) such as satellite TV and Web-based courses.
"Aside from offering distance learning, AVIST also gives opportunities for students to undergo real experience in participating universities," said Dr. Ida Dalmacio, focal person of ASEAN-SIRD.
Dalmacio, of the University of the Philippines Los Baņos (UPLB), added: "It is meant to complement and add value, rather than duplicate, S&T human resource development intervention already available in various ASEAN countries."
A virtual institute without the need of a physical campus, AVIST can be accessed through participating universities and institutes that serve as its physical sites.
In the country, AVIST courses can be availed of through the UP Open University in Los Baņos, Laguna.
Its S&T-focused, short-term (three-month) courses, which meet internationally acceptable quality benchmarks, set AVIST apart from all other virtual learning institutions in Southeast Asia.
For this term, the institute offers its pilot courses on Introduction of Technology and Innovation Management, Hypercourse on Bioinformatics, and Sustainable Ecotourism Development.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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