PROJECT BRIEF
(excerpt from the Proposal submitted by CICT to KTCF & APWINC)

In 2007-2008, APEC Education Foundation (AEF) and the Korea Telecomm Cultural Foundation (KTCF) collaborated on a project entitled “APEC ICT Net Project”. Advocating a culture of healthy ICT use, this project looked into the need to educate the public on the adverse effects of ICT use such as addiction to the Internet and gaming, identity theft, proliferation of malware, online pornography, etc. The project went through a series of activities including research, content development (guidebooks and multimedia content distributed through the Internet and CDs), educational campaign through a poster competition (note: the grand prize winner was a Filipino), and content localization and distribution through pilot use of the content in local training workshops (note: the recipients of the pilot run were Peru and the Philippines).

As a continuation of this project, KTCF and the Asian Pacific Women’s Information Network Center (APWINC), both based in South Korea, jointly proposed the project “APEC Training Program for Preventive Education on ICT Misuse” which was approved by APEC TEL WG and HRD WG this year. The 2-year project is working on the enhancements on the training design and materials that were recommended from the previous run. It likewise targets a more large-scale rollout of the training program in the APEC region.

The APEC ICT Net Project produced seven (7) types of materials for different types of users, with 16 Flash movies, 6 translations, and 7 guidebooks/ teaching materials produced. These are being updated / enhanced by the current project based on the experiences and recommendations from the previous project, with the first set of materials available intended for novice ICT users.

The project targets the initial run of the training program using the enhanced materials (including slide presentations and teaching guides) in two (2) APEC economies outside S. Korea – Indonesia and the Philippines because of the high English proficiency levels and the presence of KOICA facilities in these 2 countries.

In connection with this, an International Symposium on ‘Safe and Trusted ICT/ Internet Use, Actions Against Internet Misuse’ was held in September 2009 that served as a venue to share the experiences on ICT / Internet misuse among the different APEC member countries. The
Steering Committee then met to discuss the project’s next steps.


PILOT RUN IN THE PHILIPPINES: Responsible Use of ICTs and the Internet

The Human Capital Development Group of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT-HCDG) and the Svillupo Consulting Services Cooperative (SCSC) are proposing to undertake with the Korean Telecomm Cultural Foundation a project entitled “Responsible Use of ICTs and the Internet”. Through this Project, the collaborators will be reviewing, incorporating, and piloting the use of the APEC ICT Net Project materials on this topic into the current Computer Ethics module of CICT-HCDG’s Computer and Internet Literacy Course (CILC), used in the training implementations of the iSchools Project, the eSkwela Project, and the Digital Bridges Program.

The enhanced version of the module will be used to train novice ICT users (composed of teachers, parents of students, community workers, and out-of-school youth and adults) on the responsible use of ICTs and the Internet.


Components


Inasmuch as South Korea is different from the Philippines in terms of ICT penetration, level of utilization and concerns, culture, context, priorities, and sensibilities, it is important to review and revise some of the materials to suit the needs and taste of the Filipino trainees. The Steering Committee was able to establish that flexibility of the training design, teaching guides, strategies, and materials will be allowed. Strategies may be localized/ customized to a certain extent (i.e. training flow, language, etc.), however, the provided multimedia materials should be utilized as is since it will take time to have these customized/localized.

The Philippine run will use the current CILC materials of CICT-HCDG as well as the KTCF materials. Another possible source of materials would be Australia’s StaySmartOnline website that have gone through extensive study and review with the Australian public.

As such, an ICT expert trainer will be tapped to conduct an initial assessment of the materials and come up with a proposed CILC training design that incorporates the KTCF materials. He/She will then facilitate a Training of Trainers workshop to discuss and finalize the proposed training design for the pilot conduct of the training course to the targeted novice ICT users. KTCF will be sending its own project team and a number of Korean experts as well – they should, however, communicate with the ICT expert trainer as early as possible to discuss the ToT workshop design and alignment of content and approach (i.e. preferred mode is workshop rather than lecture).

In order to highlight the benefits of ICTs / Internet, this particular module will have to be conducted within the context of the CILC training package, and not as a stand-alone course. The current CILC course will be shorted from five (5) days to three (3) days to just cover ICT Basics, File Management, Internet and Email, and Responsible Use of ICTs/Misuse. Office productivity tools may be given in a follow-up course.

A total of 14 rainers will be trained from the projects enumerated above. Two (2) content developers and reviewers for the CILC e-module development project of the eSkwela Project will join the ToT Workshop so that the enhancements may be incorporated in the final set of CILC e-modules.

This end-user training workshop will be conducted in three (3) sites in Metro Manila with an average class size of 20 – an iSchools beneficiary school, an eSkwela Center, and CICT for the Digital Bridges Program’s target trainees. To better communicate with target trainees, a combination of Filipino and English will be used. The workshop shall require the trainees to come up with a “Responsible Use of ICTs/ Internet Agreement” (inclusive of laboratory policies) that may be used to promote and enforce such policies in schools, Internet cafes, and Community e-Centers. An evaluation instrument will be administered to gauge the effectiveness of the training course as well as training management.

After the training implementations, a debriefing workshop will be conducted among the ICT expert trainer and the original set of trainers to discuss the experiences, good practices, lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations on the training design and materials used.