Mr. Takero Inoue (M3) conducted an internship at UNESCO Bangkok Office from September 15, 2015 to November 13, 2015. This internship was in line with Tokyo Tech providing technical assistance in developing and maintaining an online educational research database for education experts: National Education Systems and Policies in Asia-Pacific (NESPAP). Activities included summarized as follows: 1) training with local staff members on the management and maintenance; 2) promotion of the use of the database; and 3) monitoring the use of the database.
- Training with local staff members on the management and maintenance
Training included updating manuals. Manuals for IT administrators and content moderators were updated, reflecting the latest changes and their feedback. Following, technical configuration and current issues were shared with a local IT expert so that extension of the functionality and problems solving can be done internally.
- Promotion of the use of the database
Promotion of the database included two activities. First, a leaflet was developed. The contents includes basic information of the database, its six functions, and benefits that users can get. This leaflet is going to be distributed at UNESCO Bangkok-organized events.
Second, relevant contents of the UNESCO Bangkok’s website was updated. The website explains six functions of the database, its background, and benefits that users can get. The current contents reflects the latest updates of the database.
- Monitoring the use of the database
For monitoring of the usage, a questionnaire survey was conducted to investigate users’ impression on the database. Web-based questionnaires were distributed to NESPAP users. The results will be analyzed and shared with the Organization.
The NESPAP is an online research database for educational experts. NESPAP provides three major functions: 1) networking opportunities; 2) thematic discussions; and 3) education policies and resources. Tokyo Tech has been collaborating with UNESCO Bangkok Office in developing and managing the educational database since 2013, as part of a Tokyo Tech-UNESCO Bangkok joint project on the 21st Century Skills. Mr. Inoue joined the project team in September 2014.