Background Research Project: Overview

Goal:

Contribute to the research and development necessary to support the final conceptualization and planning for a potential graduate Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region.

Meetings:

  • July-August 2009: The Core Team and The Dream Team meet in Bangkok
  • December 2009: The Core Team meets at American University
  • April 2010: The First Virtual Core Team Meeting
  • August 2010: The Core Team and The Dream Team meet in the region to discuss the research findings for the proposed IDPP

Project Overview:

Four key areas were identified to support the short-term planning of the IDPP (18 December 2009):

  1. Identification of Baseline Indicators
  2. Platform Evaluation and Development
  3. Curriculum Development; and
  4. Political Development

COTELCO (The Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities) conducted research and development on the first three areas, and APCD (Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability) in Bangkok, Thailand led the fourth area. To learn more about the project components COTELCO researched, please browse the links below.

Component 1: Overview

Identification of Baseline Indicators

Problem:

Determine the legal entity and accreditation procedures for the creation of the IDPP for the ASEAN region

Goal:

To determine the best legal entity and procedures to ensure the establishment and the accreditation of the IDPP

Objectives:

  • Identify the relevant potential legal entities
  • Identify the procedures and requirements for the accreditation
  • Determine the costs and benefits of the potential legal entities
  • Assess the extent to which each of the possible legal entities fulfill the needs for the establishment of the IDPP

Team

Project Director:

  • Dr. Derrick Cogburn, COTELCO Director, Assoicate Professor American University

Researchers:

  • Erica Seng, Senior Research Associate
  • Ekawati Liu, Research Associate

Faculty Advisors:

  • Professor Pek Koon Heng (Director, ASEAN Studies Center)
  • Professor Amitav Acharya (Chair, ASEAN Studies Center)

 

Component 2: Overview

Cyberinfrastructure Development and Testing

Problem:

The IDPP must have an organizational structure that reflects its unique physical and virtual presence in the ASEAN region, and it needs an appropriate cyberinfrastructure to administer the institute and deliver asynchronous and synchronous content.

Goal:

To identify a recommended organizational structure and recommended activities for the IDPP, along with a collection of social practices and accessible technologies to support the administrative operations of the institute and to deliver content.

Objectives:

  • Produce a comprehensive literature review of scholarly and practitioner literature addressing this project component.
  • Identify the proposed organizational elements for the Institute.
  • Identify a range of commercial and open-source technologies that might be used to develop the cyberinfrastructure to support the various administrative functions of the IDPP and to delivery content (e.g. courses, seminars, outreach activities).
  • Conduct accessibility and usability testing of this cyberinfrastructure to determine the recommended suite of technologies.
  • Develop a prototype integration of these tools and document the accessibility of the prototype.
  • Demonstrate at the Core and Dream Team meeting in August.
     

Team

Project Director:

  • Dr. Derrick Cogburn (Director, COTELCO)

Researchers:

 

  • Clyde White, Jr., Senior Research Associate
  • Tim Foley, Research Associate
  • Yireh Rivera, Research Associate

External Experts:

  • Bill Courtland, (Internet Broadcast Services Unlimited (IBSU), Closed Captioning)
  • James Timony (Adaptive Technology Librarian MLK Public Library)
  • Joanne Benica (Director of Disability Support Services DSS)
  • Kamran Rasul (Assistive Technology Specialist AU)

 

Component 3: Overview

Model Curriculum Development

Problem:

The IDPP has an opportunity to develop a novel and innovative curriculum, not limited by physical constraints and geographic location of knowledge resources. What curriculum will take full advantage of the virtual and physical nature of the IDPP?

Goal:

To develop a model curriculum for the ASEAN Masters Program on Disability and Public Policy using both a deductive (top down, based on lead programs) and inductive (bottom-up, “blank slate”) approach, and to consider a plan for the the face-to-face and distributed implementation.

Objectives:

  • Systematically identify the top regional and related programs around the world
  • Collect data on the key curricular components from these programs
  • Convene an expert focus group to provide inductive contributions to curriculum development and feedback on organizational structure
    (described in component two)
  • Conduct a modified Delphi process to narrow the range of curriculum components
  • Define the model curriculum
  • Create a matrix of the curriculum and potential implementing partners
  • Identify an outline for a certificate option as part of the curriculum
  • Define application criteria for participants
  • Create instructive resources for potential implementing partners

 


 

Team

Project Director:

  • Dr. Derrick Cogburn, COTELCO Director, Assoicate Professor American University

Researchers:

  • Taria Thomas (MA candidate International Communication)
  • Ben Sommers (MA candidate International Communication)

Faculty Members:

  • Professor Pek Koon Heng (Director, ASEAN Studies Center)
  • Dean Louis Goodman (Dean, School of International Service)
  • Professor Nanette Levinson (Director, International Communication Program)
  • Professor Julie Mertus (Co-Director, MA Program in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs)

American University Disability Support Services (DSS):

  • Joanne Benica (Director of DSS)
  • Kamran Rasul (Assistive Technology Specialist AU)

External Experts:

  • Burton Blatt Institute: Michael Morris (Chief Executive Officer), Eve Hill (Senior Vice President, Washington DC Office), Maria Veronica Reina (Executive Director, Global Partnership on Disability and Development (GPDD)), Pamela Williamson (Project Director of DBTAC, Southeast ADA Center)
  • Prof. Alecia Santuzzi (Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University)
  • BlueLaw International: Janet Lord (Senior Partner), and Stephanie Orteleva (Senior Human Rights Legal Advisor)

 

Conceptualization Team

Sponsorship and Support:
  • ASEAN Secretariat and The Nippon Foundation
Core Team:
  • Dr. James De Caro, Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)
  • Dr. Larry Campbell, International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
  • Mr. Akiie Ninomiya, Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APDC)
  • Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, American University, School of International Service/COTELCO
  • Mr. M. Rajaretnam, ASEAN Secretariat
  • Dr. Astrid Tuminez, National University of Singapore, LKY School of Public Policy
  • Mr. Shuichi Ohno, The Nippon Foundation
Dream Team:
  • Dr. Yutaka Osugi, Tsukuba University of Technology
  • Mr. Dang Hoai Phuc, Saomai Computer Center for the Blind
  • Ms. Nguyen Hong Ha, The Bright Future Group/ ILC Hanoi
  • Mr. John Honney, Cambodia Trust
  • Mr. Thomas Ng
  • Mr. Takenhiko Nishi, Ihma, Inc.
  • Mr. Monthian Buntan, TAB, Senator of Thailand
  • Mr. Yasunobu Ishii, The Nippon Foundation
  • Mr. Bill Clymer, Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Background Research and Development Team:
  • Principal Investigator and Project Director: Dr. Derrick Cogburn, American University School of International Service
  • Research Assistants and Associates in the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO)
  • Team of experts in various fields

To learn more about the people involved in the IDPP research and development team, please see the Background Research Project, and click a specific component.