International Disability Educational Alliance (IDEAnet)
Final rept. 24 Feb 2006 - 24 Feb 2009
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL REHABILIATION CHICAGO IL
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The expansion of the Internet and World Wide Web has enabled the global distribution of information on an unprecedented scale. This relatively recent occurrence has combined with rapid improvements in the functionality of Commercial Off the Shelf COTS Information and Communications Technology ICT to create unprecedented opportunities for the design and implementation of innovative Advanced Distributed Learning ADL and Knowledge Management KM systems on a global scale. The Center for International Rehabilitation CIR, through its International Rehabilitation Network IRN program, has been in the forefront of such efforts in remote, underserved and post-conflict areas of the world. The current proposal represents a continuation and expansion of these efforts. It calls for the systematic evaluation of IRNs blended distributed learning efforts to date, the creation of scalable models of content development and delivery, and the engineering of an updated web portal facilitating Virtual Communities of Practice CoP. The aims of the project are to develop a web-based Knowledge Management system coupled with a global alliance of participating individuals and institutions to allow for the development and evaluation of a variety of educational and training strategies including but not limited to Advanced Distributed Learning ADL, Communities of Practice CoP and Open Content Development. Knowledge Management is important to any organization. The research and development of cost effective strategies to harness knowledge communities, and to create and deliver Advanced Distributed Learning ADL, is particularly important to large technologically advanced, culturally and geographically diverse organization such as the Department of Defense. In addition, a sub-component of the project focuses on training for three cohorts of individuals physicians, physical therapists and hospital administrators working at Ministry of Health rehabilitation centers in Iraq.
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