JICDC

The Asian Journal of Intercultural Communication and Development Cooperation is an international, online. double-blind, peer reviewed journal published by the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM) in conjunction with the Sukothai Tammathirat Open University (STOU) of Thailand.

The JICDC offers its readers two categories  of information. The first and core content is a range of peer-reviewed articles from researchers in the international community, while the second offers a window  into the latest international conferences and reviews of related sources of information along with guest articles,special features and case studies.It is published in English and Thai (with English abstracts).

The Aims of JICDC

The Asian Journal of Intercultural  Communication and Development Cooperation aims at establishing a broad interdisciplinary platform for international studies on the inter- relateness of communication and development that brings together researchers and activists to identfy and share creative experiences  and models for cooperation.

JICDC has  the objective of stimulating research on both the theory and practice of communication promoting local. regional and global sustainable development. Moreover JICDC supports advocacy processes, improvement in practices, and encourages innovative and critical grass -root initiatives for partnership building aiming at promoting social progress.The journal intends to offer readers  relevant theoretical discussions and act as a catalyst for expending the knowledge base  of new and alternative communication platforms and educational projects for social inclusion and democratic interaction


CCDKM Thailand

Communication for Community Development, Social Inclusion and Transformation Educational Perspectives on Media Innovation, Sukhotai Thammathirat Open University and the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge

Background

”The establishment of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University can be deemed the opening of a truly modern university, established to seek knowledge  and expertise to step forward into bold new horizons”  King Bhumipol Rama IX of Thailand at the foundation ceremony 40 years ago of the first open university in South East Asia based on distant education.

This presentation aims to discuss the development of this bold educational initiative into a MOOC ( Massive Open Online Courses) center covering all of Thailand and its impact on the development of Thai rural society.

With establishment of a School of Agriculture and Cooperatives the Sukhothai Thammatirat Open University (STOU) has from its very operational start in 1979 seen as a prime function to closely monitor the rapid and accellerating changes affecting the dominating rural populations in the ASEAN region. A first step toward  making  room for community communication toward social and cultural change was then made in 1984 with the establishment of a School of Communication Arts and a theory and hands-on learning system in communication arts on all levels  including offering a fully on-line based M.A. In Communication Arts for ASEAN.

CCDKM and MOOC  for rural  development

At STOU the year 2006 saw the reorganization of the School of Human Ecology and finally the founding of The Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM) ,committed to bridging the digital divide.Its aim was to increase the social and economic impact of information and communication ideologies at the grassroot level and in marginalized communities  in Thailand and the ASEAN region especially directed at empowering rural youth and disadvantages groups

Since its beginning in 2006 the CCDKM has been instrumental in creating networks and partnerships for implementing an holistic program for transforming rural Thailand including a model for extending ICT literacy to ever new population population groups in a combined and  integrated  program of competence building for social progress, sustainable development, poverty alleviation, entrepreneurial skills, gender equality, local wisdom and culture conservation, sufficiency farming and communication for democratic sosial interaction.

The presentation aims to bring up for discussion how ICT could be a tool to serve the demands of local communicties for learning new knowledge  and skills, generate new ideas and solutions, to get assistance on how to set up local businesses, and establish strong networks of communication. CCDKM has developed curricula on developing entrepreneurship skills for rural communicties using simple and effective strategies for joining local and global  market places through mobile technology.Training courses have been held nationwide like empowerment workshops for women entrepreneurs and participatory smart schools entrepreneurship workshops in underprivileged districts

A main target has been meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)  which will not be possible without using ICT for communicating the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture.CCDKM endeavers to spread the environmental principles of our late King Bhumipol Rama IX of Sufficiency Economy as a blueprint for the survival of mankind. The King has personally through the foundation of a chain of experiental farms shown the way to establish a sufficiency farming system in Thailand.

An important partnership building project has formed the basis for implementing a MOOC program for Commuity Digital Literacy and Life Long Learning in cooperation with the Ministry of Technology for Economics and the nation wide Cyberuniversity Project. To reach its goals STOU has likewise established an Educational Broadcasting Production Center and established regional Distance Education Centers at universities throughout the country. In addition Provincial Study Center have been established at secondaty schools in all provinces