UNODC hosts first global computer-based training expert workshop
Chiang Mai (Thailand), 2 August 2010 - Over the past 10 years, UNODC has developed
computer-based training activities to address the challenges posed by the growing sophistication of transnational criminal networks.
In order to reinvigorate and strengthen its Global eLearning programme, UNODC held the first global workshop for computer-based training experts in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 30 June to 2 July.
Thirty-two government representatives and UNODC experts from Asia and the Pacific, South-Eastern Europe and East Africa participated in the workshop.
In an open forum, the experts discussed ways of improving computer-based training activities and their implementation. Elbek Khodjaev, Project Coordinator for computer-based training at the UNODC Regional Centre for Central Asia and the Pacific, said "thank you for gathering a large computer-based training audience and for creating an environment which enabled us to have an open exchange of views and experiences".
Crucial issues concerning needs assessment, delivery, production and evaluation of computer-based training were discussed at great length.
Abraham Kahsay, National Project Coordinator for computer-based training in Ethopia, said that "the workshop was very beneficial to help us better understand the computer-based training development process", as well as the kinds of services that are expected.
All participants contributed to the development of computer-based training best practice guidelines that are expected to become an invaluable resource for maximizing the benefits of computer-based training to Member States.
Rod Curtis, UNODC Senior Law Enforcement Adviser, concluded by stating that "ultimately, the best practice guidelines for computer-based training will have a direct impact on training a more informed, vigilant and motivated law enforcement community, one that can identify transnational organized crime and respond accordingly".