This project aims to build up the capacity of two specific Higher Education Institution (HEI) support services, which will act as catalysator to stimulate the use of innovative techno-pedagogical techniques by teaching and academic staff.
They will support staff in improving their digital skills and information management.
Finally, they will help building up a network of skilled health care experts via the development of open access platforms and supporting teaching and academic staff in posting content.
This will lead – via the teach the teacher approach – to a better educational quality in Health Science education and ultimately improved healthcare quality in SEA.
The three specific project objectives are to:
1) Build up the capacity of techno-pedagogical staff, so they can assist teaching staff in implementing innovative techno-pedagogical projects in teaching & training.
2) Build up the capacity of health libraries and specialized librarians, so they can improve service for HEI staff & students and train them in digital information management skills.
3) Ensure open access to high-quality scientific and educational resources for HEI staff & students and healthcare professionals, via the development of platforms and supporting teaching and academic staff in posting high quality content on these platforms.
Addressing the problems in Cambodia
In the national Cambodian HE context, increasing student numbers and a growing willingness to invest in quality education are two recent developments. Ford (2015) cites both assuring quality and equitable access as important factors affecting the future of HE in this phase of rapid growth. He also describes current institutional quality issues. This project supports institutional quality reforms, through the capacity building of two crucial support services. Within Cambodia, this project also reinforces inter-institutional collaboration and public-private partnerships.
Addressing the problems in Indonesia
In the national Indonesian HE context, the sector has seen a massification of the number of students in HEIs, a push for excellence (university rankings) and an enhanced academic freedom. On the other hand, there are a need to further improve quality especially in the field of technology for teaching, learning & training development (Rosser, 2015). This project aims to further reinforce the quality of education and access to information, through capacity building of the two targetted support services. As UNS and UGM already built up considerable research and teaching expertise and are willing to share this knowledge, they are not only receivers, but also will contribute significantly to the workshops. Stimulating South-South capacity-building is important in this project, as it will assure stewardship of the platforms. The international visibility of the excellence of the two Indonesian partners will be an extra stimulus for their sustainable support.