Engaged Learning is a pedagogical strategy that links classroom learning with community development practices within a credit-based university curriculum. For students who are learning about the field of information and communication technology for development (ICTD), engaged learning can be an effective approach to provide them with practical experiences in helping local communities through ICT-based innovation.
To advocate the engaged learning across the Asia-Pacific region, APCICT has prepared two set of publications: the “Engaged Learning Toolkit for Faculty: Using ICT for Community Development” and the “Engaged Learning Guidebook for Students: Using ICT for Community Development”, in collaboration with Cornell University. The Toolkit and Guidebook provide practical guidance for faculty members, students, communities and other stakeholders on planning, implementing and evaluating the ICTD-based engaged learning courses.
Pilot testing of the publications was conducted in three partner universities:
- Mahasarakham University (Thailand), where students built an online database and a website for a local museum for sustainable tourism
- University of the Philippines Los Baños (the Philippines), where students produced an educational broadcasting programme for rural vegetable farmers
- Kathmandu University (Nepal), where students created a mobile-based information system for rural migrant workers