Communication for Community Development, Social Inclusion and Transformation Educational Perspectives on Media Innovation
Sukhotai Thammathirat Open University and the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge

CCDKM and MOOC for rural development
At STOU the year 2006 saw the reorganization of the School of Human Ecology and finally the founding of The Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM) ,committed to bridging the digital divide.Its aim was to increase the social and economic impact of information and communication ideologies at the grassroot level and in marginalized communities in Thailand and the ASEAN region especially directed at empowering rural youth and disadvantages groups

Since its beginning in 2006 the CCDKM has been instrumental in creating networks and partnerships for implementing an holistic program for transforming rural Thailand including a model for extending ICT literacy to ever new population population groups in a combined and integrated program of competence building for social progress, sustainable development, poverty alleviation, entrepreneurial skills, gender equality, local wisdom and culture conservation, sufficiency farming and communication for democratic sosial interaction.

The presentation aims to bring up for discussion how ICT could be a tool to serve the demands of local communicties for learning new knowledge and skills, generate new ideas and solutions, to get assistance on how to set up local businesses, and establish strong networks of communication. CCDKM has developed curricula on developing entrepreneurship skills for rural communicties using simple and effective strategies for joining local and global market places through mobile technology.Training courses have been held nationwide like empowerment workshops for women entrepreneurs and participatory smart schools entrepreneurship workshops in underprivileged districts

A main target has been meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which will not be possible without using ICT for communicating the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture.CCDKM endeavers to spread the environmental principles of our late King Bhumipol Rama IX of Sufficiency Economy as a blueprint for the survival of mankind. The King has personally through the foundation of a chain of experiental farms shown the way to establish a sufficiency farming system in Thailand.

An important partnership building project has formed the basis for implementing a MOOC program for Commuity Digital Literacy and Life Long Learning in cooperation with the Ministry of Technology for Economics and the nation wide Cyberuniversity Project. To reach its goals STOU has likewise established an Educational Broadcasting Production Center and established regional Distance Education Centers at universities throughout the country. In addition Provincial Study Center have been established at secondaty schools in all provinces as well as among all the 2,600 Digital Community Learning Centers, and WIFI Village Spots all over Thailand.