Collaborative Model of Institution of Higher Learning - Rural e-Community Development

Ibrahim, Huda and Md Dahalin, Zulkhairi and Yasin, Azman and Khairudin Kasiran, Mohd and Othman, Nafishah and Iadah Yusop, Nor and Mat Aji, Zahurin and Zahir Mat Cha, Md and Amir Abu Seman, Mohd (2015) Collaborative Model of Institution of Higher Learning - Rural e-Community Development. ICo-ApICT 2015.

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This article presents a finding on the roles of Institution of Higher Learning in collaborating with rural community in meeting the information needs of rural community and bridging the digital divide. With the latest ICT and Internet technology, there are vast opportunities for rural communities to access to all kinds of information. Telecentre is one of the e-Community projects funded by the government and private sectors provided to support the information access. However, there are some challenges faced by the rural communities. The current statistics imply only a small proportion of villages in the country enjoyed ICT facilities through telecentre. In addition, communities could also be in a situation of having difficulties to choose the right information due to over-abundance of information readily available. Efforts must be given to the rural communities in supporting them with the right information needs. Institutions of higher learning have a role to play in addressing this challenge. A study was conducted in a selected rural village that represents a typical rural community in the northern region of Malaysia. A model of IHL Collaboration in e-Community development was created with a focus on the roles of IHLs with the community information needs through the implementation of a community telecentre. This model highlights the intellectual engagement in terms of advisory services, local content development, and socio-economic value creation that would enable a sustainable development of the community towards becoming an information-rich society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bridging the Digital Divide, BDD, Rural Community, IHL, value creation
Subjects: Prosiding > ICo-ApICT 2015
Divisions: Universitas Komputer Indonesia > Perpustakaan UNIKOM
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 10:25
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 10:25

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