Information Communication Technology (ICT) is often perceived as a useful strategy to transform education systems and a means by which students can develop basic competencies and skills needed for a knowledge economy.
The main focus of this new course was on how a country’s education system and policy can be enriched through the applications of ICT. The course was organized to help policymakers to address the imperative that traditional, formal education systems are facing by raising awareness and understanding about essential elements of an effective application of ICT.
The course reviewed ICT in relation to education policy, relevant strategies, and best practice. The exchange of first-hand experience of ICT use in education policy and its implementation would help policymakers grasp a systematic view in strengthening the competitiveness of their education systems by applying ICT more effectively.
The audience for the course were approximately 35-40 mid-level government officials in developing countries throughout the world, with a focus on those in the early stages of planning or implementing programs that integrate ICT into educational initiatives.
All participants were sponsored and their travel, accommodation, and other expenses covered entirely by the Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS), which had set aside budget for the course.