In any case, we now have a proof of concept on online presentation of content, with text, visual and multimedia elements integrated using both blog and wiki technologies. The key lesson has been that the technologies are workable, but setting up such materials is not as easy as is sometimes advertised [a very familiar experience, that], so actually doing it and learning the tricks and workarounds is important.
1 --> Web based delivery of key course resources and reference materials using blog, Wiki and Content Management Systems, e.g. Moodle Educational Content Management System.
2 --> The use of locally based, Internet wired microcampus centres staffed by facilitators and integrated with regional tertiary level and second chance High School completion systems. (The emerging Caribbean Christian University is especially in view.)
3 --> The use of low cost Tablet PCs similar to the above and the previously announced as a platform of choice for access to education and network resources, combining e-book reader and wireless-access PC capabilities.
4 --> Use of collaborative, preferably open source multimedia and video production resources to produce rich media content.
5 --> Use of open source teleconferencing systems to regionally access seminars, workshops and presentations or panels by leading thinkers, academics, educators and opinion leaders in an interactive way. (This would be similar to several recent trends with UWI's Open Campus initiative.)
6 --> Development of an integrated framework for education based on first addressing the needs of the 80% of regional secondary intake who struggle to achieve a good High School completion profile, through second chance secondary completion and bridging studies preparatory to full tertiary studies.
7 --> This should be joined to a flagship Associate Degree programme -- the Associate in Arts, with concentration in Caribbean Christian Service -- designed to either complement other studies or to provide a Discipleship, theology, leadership and community service core with technical areas targetting key and marketable skills in areas such as multimedia technologies, business and commerce, C21 agriculture, and the like.
8 --> Through the envisioned networking with regional tertiary systems, access to full first degree studies and higher studies.
9 --> Across time, as the system develops, incorporation of targetted degree completion based in microcampus centres and possibly graduate/ professional studies in areas such as Business Management or ["Applied"] Theology.
10 --> Also accessing studies in key fields such as multimedia technology, agriculture, education, energy studies etc through networking with existing schools and new initiatives.
11 --> The hosting of more or less standalone practical and technical or "professional" courses and workshops in specific areas would also be helpful, especially where some of these could be suitably accredited and incorporated into the general qualification framework.