Caribbean Universities Project for Integrated Distance Educations (CUPIDE)

Lead Organisation University of the West Indies
Type of Project Activity Development project with ICT4D component
Project URL http://www.cupide.org
Brief Description CUPIDE is an alternate name for the UNESCO-UWI project for the Enhancement of Human Resource Development in Distance Teaching, Administration and Materials Distribution, funded through the Japanese Funds in Trust for Capacity Building. The development objective of the project is to develop the human resources within the region through enabling each of the five participating universities to develop and deliver quality distance education programmes using ICTs. In this way, the competitiveness of the region in general and the institutions in particular will be enhanced, participation in the knowledge society increased – not only as users, but also as generators of knowledge – and cost savings realised in the use of the technology for distribution of the course materials and the teaching and administration of programmes. In order to increase access to education and training opportunities through the enhancement of distance education delivery methods by the use of ICTs (including Web-based technologies), the project will have the following immediate objectives: To develop an expandable framework to accommodate a multiplicity of technologies, known and unknown To select appropriate enabling technologies and media To acquire appropriate hardware and software for the telecommunication network, materials distribution and reproduction, teaching and administration. To identify programmes to be developed for delivery using ICTs and to develop them. To identify and provide in the initial stage and where necessary technical assistance in the development of the technical, administrative, and educational systems based on the use of ICTs. To identify appropriate personnel (academic, administrative, technical) in each institution to be trained in ICTs for teaching, administration, and materials delivery, thereby building the human resource capacity in the provider institutions. To train the persons who have to use the technology including students. To identify the requisite recurrent budgetary support. To establish with the support of CARICOM and other such bodies strategic linkages with providers and manufacturers. To establish/strengthen links between universities. To gather baseline data (including existing studies) on matters such as technology in the region; use of ICTs by the universities in the region for distance education; other initiatives in the region; learning styles. To develop projections of prospects for expansion to other institutions at different levels of the educational system. The overall goal of this collaborative project is to develop the human resources within the region through enabling each of the five participating universities (The University of the West Indies, the University of Technology, Jamaica, the University of Guyana, the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, and the University Quisqueya [Haiti]) to better develop and deliver quality distance education programmes using ICTs. In this way, the competitiveness of the region in general and the institutions in particular will be enhanced, participation in the knowledge society increased – not only as users, but also as generators of knowledge – and cost savings realised in the use of the technology for distribution of the course materials and the teaching and administration of programmes. CARICOM is a partner institution in the management of the project.
Contact name Professor Stewart Marshall
Contact email phone: (876) 927 2831
Contact Phone/Fax fax: (876) 977 3494
Regular Postal Address c/o UWI Distance Education Centre, UWI, Mona Campus Kingston 7 Jamaica
Affiliated Organisations University of Technology, Jamaica; the University of Guyana; the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, and the University Quisqueya (Haiti)
Funding Agencies Japan Trust Funds for Capacity Building
Target Beneficiaries People of the Caribbean
Start Date 25-11-2006
End Date 25-11-2006
Project Budget NA
Current Status ongoing
Countr(ies) Involved Regional
Sector Education
Description of ICT Components Use of ICTs, including web based technologies, to enhance distance education delivery methods in the Caribbean.
Millennium Development Goals 2. Education
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