Digital Application Enhancement Project in Remote Areas
To cooperate with the digital divide reduction policy by the Executive Yuan, the goal of the first session (2005-2007) by the Ministry of Education (MOE) was ‘Shrinking digital divide’, the goal of the second session (2008-2011) was ‘Creating digital opportunities’, the goal of the third session (2012-2015) of was ‘Digital care penetration’, the MOE has carried out the ‘Digital Application Promotion Project in Remote Areas’ to achieve the goal of the fourth session (2016-2019), ‘Popularizing digital applications’, and the ‘Digital Application Enhancement Project in Remote Areas’ will achieve the goal of the fifth session (2020-2023), ‘Marching towards digital affirmative rights’, and thereby proactively providing digital applications and digital services to people and multiple ethnic groups in remote areas.
The MOE will integrate resources of departments, create a friendly digital environment in remote areas, and assist multiple ethnic groups in digital life applications in remote areas. The MOE provides services to middle-aged people, indigenous people, new immigrants, people with physical or mental disabilities, women, and low-income households who live in an area with a digital development level of 3 to 5. In addition, the MOE will combine departments’ expertise and resources to jointly invest in services to digital bases in remote areas, cultivate people’s information application and value-added competencies, provide the latest information of living application and learning materials, and establish people’s cognition and habit of online self-learning in remote areas, thereby enabling people to enjoy self-learning, and handling their own learning progress, achieving the enjoyment of digital learning, effectively shrinking digital divide in remote areas caused by developments of digital technology, and implementing digital affirmative rights for all people.
- The focus of operational affairs
In the ‘Promotion Project for Marching Towards a Digital Affirmative Rights (2020-2023)’, the MOE is conducting the ‘Digital Application Enhancement Project in Remote Areas’, and its promotion, this project is divided into two subprojects according to operational focus: the Digital Opportunity Center (DOC), and Digital Learning Partners.
- Digital Opportunity Center (DOC) (https://itaiwan.moe.gov.tw/)
The DOC is a venue for people in remote areas to utilize computers and the Internet. It aims to create an environment for people in remote areas to: conveniently access the Internet and information, raise peoples’ computer utilization rate and Internet access rate, cultivate peoples’ digital application abilities in remote areas, facilitate the developments of local cultural industries, fully activate the developments in remote areas, and shrink digital divide. The establishment of the DOC will combine the power of public and private departments, as well as community residents to jointly conduct, and it is expected that via the DOC, citizen participation can be enhanced, digital marketing and online self-learning can be carried out, thereby reaching the needs of digital use in life and enriching living applications.
- Digital Learning Partner (https://etutor.moe.gov.tw)
The digital learning partner is based on the concept of student companionship in universities, utilizing the Internet to implement companionship and learning; university and college students are recruited and trained to serve as the learning partners of primary and junior high students/ DOC students in remote areas. Through the video equipment and online learning platform, the teaching side (university and college students) and the learning side (primary and junior high/DOC students) can regularly, fixedly and collectively carry out one-on-one real-time companionship and learning online twice a week (45 minutes per lesson, 2 lessons each time). This will establish a more diverse digital learning and environment for students in remote areas, thereby enhancing students’ interest in learning and care to students’ physical and mental balanced developments.