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The Role of Academic in Narrowing Digital Divide. Budi Rahardjo Director of Research & Development Center on Industry and Information Technology Institut Teknologi Bandung 2004 http://budi.insan.co.id. Summary. Roles of academic Human Resource Development Technology Development

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the role of academic in narrowing digital divide

The Role of Academic in Narrowing Digital Divide

Budi Rahardjo

Director of Research & Development Center on Industry and Information TechnologyInstitut Teknologi Bandung2004

http://budi.insan.co.id

summary
Summary
  • Roles of academic
    • Human Resource Development
    • Technology Development
    • Content Development

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo

human resource development
Human Resource Development
  • Natural for academician
  • Train/teach
    • Technical: IT specific workers
    • Non-technical: the use of IT at work, at home

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo

hrd in indonesia
HRD in Indonesia
  • Problems
    • Wide gap between developed area (cities) and rural area
    • Low-level literacy
    • Teaching teachers is one approach, but the quality of teachers varies
    • IT equipments are (still) relatively expensive and not a priority
    • Access (infrastructure) is still limited and is sometimes unaffordable
    • Formal certifications are relatively expensive
    • Lack of commitment in the academicians

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo

initiatives
Initiatives
  • Various initiatives
    • Upgrading teachers capability (eg. Vocational school teachers)
      • In using IT
      • In teaching IT
    • Introduction to IT to various schools and communities

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo

technology development
Technology Development
  • Part of academicians job, especially who do research
  • Develop technology that is applicable (affordable, culturally accepted) locally
  • There are research centers

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo

problem in tech development
Problem in Tech Development
  • Development is expensive and fund is limited
  • Production in Indonesia economically is not viable

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo

content development
Content Development
  • Academicians have knowledge that can be shared (help to share)
  • Content can be formal and informal

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo

problems in content development
Problems in content development
  • Lack of local / appropriate contents, especially for school kids / children. Contents in Indonesia are mostly entertainment & news
  • Most contents are in English
  • Culturally, we are not a reading culture. Plus low level literacy
  • Sharing is not common

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo

concluding remarks
Concluding Remarks
  • There are still problems, but we are committed to eliminate them
  • Some of the problems are global problems

Academic Narrowing Digital Divide - Budi Rahardjo