A six-member team from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) headed by Dr. Kim Duk Ho, Senior Research Fellow in the Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS) visited the Bangladesh Open University (BOU) eLearning Centre in the Gazipur main campus on 2 August 2017. The objective of their mission was to assess the impact of the KOICA-funded TA (Technical Assistance) project on the IVCR (Interactive Virtual Classroom) at the BOU and to support the eLearning Centre in improving the ICT and Web-Based Learning System in the University.
BOU Pro-VC Professor Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain, Chief Patron of the eLearning Centre and the BLTeae Project, welcomed the team and had a meeting with them on ICT issues in the delivery of ODL (open and distance learning) programmes in Bangladesh from the Centre. Professor Hossain shared his appreciation with the team for carrying out their impact assessment and stated his expectation of further support from KOICA.
According to Dr. Ho, the BOU eLearning Centre has had an extremely positive impact through its implementation of IVCR by providing learners with the opportunity to use the MOODLE platform and Lecture Method to receive a meaningful education through eLearning helping them break away from traditional ODL and enabling BOU introduce a blended-learning environment.