Obtained information on technological and educational developments in DL. As a result, a database of Teleconferencing and Distance Learning service providers, including instructional designers, had been developed, with special emphasis on active contacts.
Project proposals were being developed, or were under discussion, with: the World Bank TechNet Program (to organize an on-line conference on IP), the Economic Development Institute (EDI) of the World Bank (to organize a videoconference policy dialogue, in collaboration with the Organization Africaine de la Proprieté Intellectuelle, OAPI), the International Telecommunications Council (ITC) and the Academy for Educational Development (AED) (to elaborate a dissemination plan for WIPO-produced DL materials), and the Open University, UK, (for an instructional design project, involving DL curriculum development).
Entered negotiations to create the first presentation/training CD-ROM, as a DL support to the annual Introductory Seminar on Industrial Property (ISIP). A second CD-ROM was planned for the Introductory Seminar on Copyright and Related Rights.
Began using videoconferencing for WWA’s regular training activities. A conference room was fully equipped with technical facilities and WWA staff were trained in their use, thus enabling the Academy to offer videoconferencing services also to other Divisions of WIPO. The Training Program on the Management of Trademark Operations and Information Services for Officials from the Asia and Pacific Region (Hull, Canada, 2-12 June) was opened, partially run and concluded via videoconference.
Published a brochure on the Human Resources Development 1998 Program, containing information on the range of programs offered by the WWA.
Formulated, In coordination with Program 05, the first set of information materials to be uploaded on the WWA’s home page which will feature distance learning modules later this year.
Other activities carried out and the results achieved under sub-program 08.1 are tabulated below:
March and April
Three WWA staff members attended training on distance learning course design organized by UN Staff College, Turin, Italy
Acquired knowledge on use of approaches and strategies for the distance learning program
WWA officials participated in meetings with Association of American Publishers (AAP) and EDI, World Bank, Telecon East Conference Show, Washington D.C., USA
Development of distance learning program
Received external technical assistance on use of videoconferencing technologies
Training was given for users’ video-scan converter
Acquired furniture and equipment for the videoconference room
Distance learning studio and videoconference Room became fully operational
January to March
Prepared and finalized the brochure on WWA and Industrial Property
First batch of 500 copies of WIPO Academy brochure printed in English
Conducted trial sessions of videoconferencing in support of future Course in Hull, Canada
Five WIPO officials trained in videoconferencing
Inter-Regional Training Courses, Fellowships, and Internships