University-Level eLearning in ASEAN and Thailand by. Prof.Dr.Srisakdi Charmonman CEO, College of Internet Distance Education Assumption University of Thailand. email@example.com. www.elearning.au.edu. University-Level eLearning in ASEAN and Thailand.
Prof.Dr.Srisakdi CharmonmanCEO,College of Internet Distance EducationAssumption University of Thailand
1. Introduction2. Sloan Report from the US3. University-Level eLearning in ASEAN4. University-Level eLearning in Thailand5. Concluding Remarks
Ten Ministers from ASEAN with Prof. S. Charmonman as the Moderator
Slon Consortium released in November 2005 a report entitled “Growing by Degrees: Online Education in the United States, 2005”.
This research represents the third annual report on the state of online education in U.S. higher education.
Four Types of Learning Defined by Sloan.
2.3 Successful Universities in the US Offering eLearning Degrees
A partial list of successful universities offering eLearning
3.1 Brunei Darussalam 3.2 Cambodia3.3 Indonesia3.4 Laos3.5 Malaysia 3.6 Myanmar3.7 Philippines3.8 Singapore 3.9 Vietnam
with additional 14,500 at satellite centers.
- Some eLearning courses have been developed and complete eLearning degree programs are being planned.
4.1 Assumption University Requested Permission4.2 The First Draft of eLearning Law4.3 Letters to the Prime Minister4.4 Open Hearing4.5 Meeting with Five Ministers4.6 Publication of eLearning Degree in the Royal Gazette4.7 Assumption University is the First to Offer Complete eLearning Degree4.8 Eleven eLearning Degree Programs in 2006
September 23, 2002, Prof. S. Charmonaman sent a letter to the Minister of University Affairs, asking for permission to set up eLearning degree programs at Assumption University.
The University Council of Assumption University approved the proposal from Prof. Charmonman to establish the College of Internet Distance Education which is located at Srisakdi Charmonman IT Center.
Attached to the letter was the first draft of the eLearning Law written by Prof. Charmonman. The law was needed in order to make university-level eLearning legal in Thailand.
In the proposed law, many factors for successful eLearning was given such as those shown below:(1) The hardware must be of good quality with sufficient back up.(2) For peopleware, there must be top executives, deans, program directors, content experts, educational technology coordinators, educational evaluation experts and facilitating instructors. There must also be the Internet officers such as system administrators, webmasters, help desk personal, engineer and technician.
(3) There must be Internet Engine offering online programs linking network to support at least 100 users concurrently. (4) Curriculum and content must be well designed. (5) The network must be reliable (Main server and Backup server, provide 24 hours uninterrupted service)The First Draft of eLearning Law (Cont.)
When Prof.Charmonman sent the letter to the Minister of University Affairs on September 23, 2002, a committee was established to consider the proposal. After more than one year of several meetings, the modified version of the law was ready for an open hearing.
November 26, 2003 open hearing at Amari Hotel in Bangkok. Prof. Dr. Charmonman in his capacity as President of the Computer Association of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of HM the King was assigned to present the law to the audiences in the morning and chaired the discussions in the afternoon.
After having sent the letter to the Minister of University Affairs, Rev.Bro.Dr. Prathip Martin Komolmas, Rev.Bro.Dr. Bancha Saenghiran and Prof. Dr. Charmonman requested and were given permission to meet with H.E. the Minister Suwajana Lippatapanlop.
At that meeting, Prof. Charmonman briefed the Minister on the purposes and the necessity of the eLearning law. The Minister said he would signed the document soon but he was transferred before he could do it. Altogether, the Assumption University team had to seek help from five Ministers, namely,
H.E. Suwajana Lippatapanlop, H.E. Pongpol Adireksarn, H.E. Dr. Adisai Bodharamik, H.E. Jaturon Chaisang, H.E. Dr. Rung Keawdang.
H.E. Dr. Rung Kaewdang, the Deputy Minister of Education called a meeting of 40-50 persons at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University on July 19, 2005. Prof. Charmonman convinced the Minister and the majority at the meeting that Assumption University should be allowed to start eLearning degree programs and share the experience with other universities.
After more than 3 years from the date Prof. Charmonman submitted the request to the Minister of University Affairs, H.E. Chaturon Chaisang, the Minister of Education signed the document to be published in the Royal Gazette.
Usually, it takes about four months from the date of signature of the Minister to the date of publication in the Royal Gazette.
Prof. Charmonman asked his friend to help and got it done in about three weeks. The first eLearning law of Thailand was published in the Royal Gazzette on October 26, 2005 and became effective on October 27, 2005.
4.7.1 The Purpose of College of Internet Distance Education4.7.2 Three Top Educators of Thailand Heading AU eLearning4.7.3 World-Class Facilities for eLearning at AU
One of the most important factors of success of any organization is its top executives.
The three top eLearning executives at Assumption University have been bestowed the highest royal declaration, namely, Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most ExaltedOrder of the White Elephant.
Prof.Dr. Srisakdi Charmonman serving as the Chief Execuitve Officer (CEO)
Prof.Dr. Chaiyong Brahmawong serving as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Prof.Dr. Utumporn Jamornmann serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Assumption University has constructed “Srisakdi Charmonman IT Center”, www.scitbuilding.info, the seat of the College of Internet Distance Education with all kinds of facilities such as Network Operation Center (NOC) with Diesel generator for electricity backup, 408-Internet terminals in one room for eExamination, VDO Conference room, web-based courseware production center and TV and radio courseware production center.
The government of Thailand legalized higher-education eLearning by publishing the law in the Royal Gazzette in October 2005.
Assumption University became the first to offer a complete degree program in eLearning mode in January 2006.
Altogether, there will be at least 11 eLearning degree programs available in Thailand in the year 2006:(1) January 2006. College of Internet Distance Education, Assumption University. Master of Science in Management.
(2) May 2006. College of Internet Distance Education, Assumption University. Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology.(3) May 2006. College of Internet Distance Education, Assumption University. Doctor of Philosophy in eLearning Methodology.
(4) June 2006. Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University. Bachelor of Science in Software Development.(5) June 2006. Faculty of Engineering at Kasetsart University. Bachelor of Industrial Technology.(6) June 2006. Faculty of Management and Information Science, Naresuan University. Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism.
(7) June 2006. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University. Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration. (8) June 2006. Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai University. Master of Education in English Language Teaching.(9) June 2006. Faculty of Education, Silpakorn University. Master of Arts in Knowledge Management.
(10) June 2006. Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University. Master of Public Health Program.(11) September 2006. College of Internet Distance Education, Assumption University. Master of Science in eLearning Methodology.
In November 2005, Sloan Consortium published a report on eLearning in the US defining “Online Learning” or “eLearning” as learning in which the Internet is used in delivering 80-100% of the content.
In 1967, ASEAN was established in Bangkok with 5 member countries and the other 5 countries joined later.
The author of this paper became a member of eASEAN Task Force in 1999 and Chairman of eASEAN Business Council in 2004.
He proposed to the ASEAN Ministers that university-level eLearning be promoted to upgrade the educational level of citizens of the ten countries.
University–level eLearning in ASEAN was started in 1997 by Malaysia in the form of the first virtual university in ASEAN, namely Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR).
By the year 2006, all member countries of ASEAN have established university-level eLearning degree programs, and Thailand became the first in the world to offer Ph.D. in eLearning Methodology. As a matter of fact, in the year 2006, seven universities in Thailand are offering eleven eLearning degree programs.