E-Centre Work plans
On Friday February 1, 2002, we gathered
with the E-Center staff to discuss the services that the E-center could
provide to the community. These services include:
We encouraged the E-Centre staff to think about the support and training they need to provide the services:
A framework was prepared to help the E-Centre staff prepare a work plan:
The E-Centre staff will be working on preparing a draft work plan at discuss it at the conference in Thunder Bay (Feb. 11, 2002).
We need to keep regular communication with E-Centre managers to support them and encourage them to keep recording people's impressions, especially on video.
E-Centre managers are encouraged to share this report with those people who were missing from each workshop session and invite their inputs.
Resources of possible use to E-Centre staff
A major task for the E-Centre will be demonstration of the technology and training. To help understand the different levels of training, we shared a diagram from a research paper presented by Jan van Dijk, University of Twente, the Netherlands at the Digital Divide conference in Austin Texas (November 16-18, 2001). The paper was entitled "Divides in Succession: Possession, skills and use of the new media for participation" and provides a model of the different types of skills people require to make the technology relevant to their work:
A Cumulative and Recursive Model of Types of Access to New Media (van Dijk, 2001)
The needs assessment tool and knowledge and skill assessment tool we left with the E-Centre managers are helpful mostly for the skills development dimension; in future we may need to find/develop other tools to track skill and knowledge gain on the applications.