The ICT for Development (ICT4D) Program of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication promotes the strategic use of ICT in various human development endeavors such as health, education, children’s welfare, livelihood, environment, and social justice. Through research, capacity building, and content development, the program aims to:
Among its completed projects are : Media Museum; Inventory of Health Emergency and Disaster Management Information; Inventory of Online Resources on Entrepreneurship; Online Resource: KM for Community Development; Content Development Framework; Healing Payatas; and E-Community Services Center in Eastern Visayas.
A major thrust of the Program is expanding access to learning through the optimized use of technology.
The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC), a graduate school and communication institution established in 1980, has pioneered in promoting alternative learning systems (ALS) including online and distance learning.
From 1990-1996, AIJC coordinated the National Distance Learning Program of the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO (UNACOM), This program is a network of 13 public and private higher education institutions. Among the outputs of this program are annual conferences on ALS-Distance Learning, Standard Manual of Operation and Designing a Distance Learning System and Handbook on Module Development.
AIJC was involved in the e-Knowledge Public Domain (eKPD) Project. It involves capacity development and the production of interactive multimedia materials. Pilot projects under the eKPD include the development of multimedia materials on health by the Payatas community in Quezon City and the creation of the knowledge base on health and disaster management in Eastern Visayas.
To share its expertise and experiences on alternative learning systems AIJC conducts courses on Knowledge Management, Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Courseware Development, Content Development, and Design of Online Distance Learning System. It has also published several ICT-related books over the years, including Communication for the Common Good (1983); Public Access (1991); and A Reader on ICT Planning and Development (1998, 2007).
AIJC provided courseware development for the Unilab Medical Education Development (UMED) Project in 2011 and for the National Leprosy Control Program (NLCP) of the Department of Health in 2013 for its Module on the Prevention of Discrimination and Stigma on People Affected by Leprosy. The courseware development involved the repackaging of the linear, print materials into digital multimedia format for the online learning environment.