`Webcasters' urged to spread technology

Guyana Chronicle
February 11, 2003

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A ONE-WEEK workshop on webcasting has ended at the Centre for Communication Studies, University of Guyana, with a call to participants to help spread the technology.

During the training course the 21 participants drawn from the public and private sectors and the university community, were exposed to the technology, principles and practices of streaming audio and video with an e-Learning context.

At the graduation ceremony Friday, Caribbean Adviser on Communications to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms. Jocelyn Josiah urged the participants to impart the knowledge and skills they acquired to the wider community so that more people would become aware and acquainted with the technology.

She said the greatest challenge facing them was to pass on what has been learnt, and encouraged them to become a catalyst in spreading the technology.

"A skill and knowledge that is not passed on, eventually dies," exhorted Ms. Josiah.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor James Rose, expressing similar sentiments, emphasised that having been trained in a very specialist field the participants have an obligation to ensure that the skills and knowledge gained have a multiplying effect on society.

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Mark Kirton said the training programme represents a demonstration of partnership between institutions of learning and called for more such exercises between the University of Guyana and other tertiary institutions to confront the many challenges ahead.

Kirton observed that in an environment where there are limited resources, there is need for greater creativity and a pro-active attitude if the challenges of development are to be successfully met.

Head of the Muti-media Centre, University of Technology, Jamaica, Ms. Vilma Gregory implored the participants to use the technology to let the world know more about Guyana and its culture.

She also commended them for their enthusiasm during the course as well as the quality of their work.

At the conclusion of the workshop an agreement between the University of Guyana and UNESCO was signed for continued collaboration in the field of Communication Technology.

The workshop was funded by UNESCO, and jointly organised by the Centre for Communication Studies of the University of Guyana and the University of Technology, Jamaica, and sought to widen the knowledge base of participants, while expanding their career opportunities.

Those at the workshop engaged in simulation exercises and practical work taught by qualified and experience facilitators from the Multi-media Centre, University of Technology, Jamaica.

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