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e-NEWSLETTER 06/14 Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University














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STOU NEWSLETTER |No. 06 March 2014

Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University

Road Show For over three and a half decades, STOU has been promoting lifelong learning through distance education. This year, road shows are planned for the university’s 10 regional centers in order to emphasize its core value ‘ubiquitous learning’ in support of this philosophy. On 12-13 February 2014, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chailerd Pichitpornchai, President of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University leaded the STOU top management team to Ubon Ratchathani for the 1st STOU Road Show. During the visit, Dr. Chailerd gave an interview about the university educational directions in preparation for the upcoming ASEAN community via Ubon Ratchathani Radio Thailand station and a live local television program. The team also met with public and private educational networks and STOU graduates and students from Ubon Ratchathani and neighboring provinces. Special presentations on ‘STOU and the upcoming ASEAN community’ and ‘IT media changes lives’ were given at the STOU Ubon Ratchathani Regional Center. Additionally, the university arranged an educational counselling activity for

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S ynergy T ransparency O riginality U biquitous Learning

approximately 1,300 students of the Ubon Ratchathani Vocational College. The team also paid a visit to Narinukun School, which acts as an educational services center for STOU. These gave opportunities for the executives to discussed further academic collaborations. The STOU Road Show, organized by the STOU PR Unit and the Regional Center, has paved ways for Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University to promote lifelong learning culture for Thai people. The university’s distance educational system was introduced more broadly. This will allow more learning enthusiasts to reach all information about the university and their registration to be facilitated. Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University looks forward to organize the Road Show at the remaining 9 Regional Centers in this 2014.


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as City for Sustainable Reading STOU joins readership promotion networks event in moving forward to promote Bangkok as a city for sustainable reading. Bangkok Metropolitan administration (BMA) organized a readership promotion networks activity following the assuming the mantle of World Book Capital 2013, aiming to promote the campaign ‘Bangkok Read for Life.’ This is one among many campaigns that has been implemented and followed up for years. The performance assessment of the campaign has been done thoroughly to see the effectiveness of fostering reading culture among Thai public. On 18 February 2014, the research team from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University joined the activity organized at Bangkok Youth Center (ThaiJapan). Presided by BMA deputy clerk Manit Techaapichok, this event included a meeting on the evaluation of the readership promotion campaigns, the operation of the reading promotion networks and exhibitions from the networks of over 104 organizations. Asst. Prof. Dr. Wunlapa Sabaiying, Director of the STOU Office of Graduate Study, represented the research team in giving a report on the campaign operations research.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Wunlapa Sabaiying giving Read for Life operations research

Apart from the event of the readership promotion networks, BMA aims to complete its missions according to plans proposed to UNESCO under the readership promotion campaigns to build up environment for Bangkok a city for sustainable reading namely establishing Bangkok City Library, Thai Literary Museum, Thai Cartoon Museum and Bangkok Reading and Book Research Center. BMA is also organizing the 30th International Publisher Association Congress in March 2015. These events details can be found at the campaign website.



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During 17-21 February 2014, Sukhothai Thammathirat Club hosted Sport Days 2014 after a long pause. Teamed up in four colors (pink, green, blue, and purple), STOU members competed 10 sports. Apart from Futsal, Volleyball, Badminton, table tennis, pĂŠtanque, dartboard, chess game, track and field sports, local sports such as sepaktakraw were included. After 5 days of happiness and friendship, Team Pink won the most gold medals. All STOU members look forward to the following years as Sport Days are planned to be held annually.

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Innovation: important tool for libraries in social network age ‘Lesson-Learned of Knowledge Management in Information Technology at STOU Library during the Years 2010 – 2013’ presented by Mr. Chaiwat Nachom, documentalist, was awarded excellent for oral presentation. ‘A Good Practice of Internal Control Procedures on Library Website Development in Search Engine Optimization’ by Mr. Chaiwat Nachom and Mr. Zomchay Boonpanya, computer technical officer, was awarded honorary mention for poster presentation. Naresuan Universiry Library in collaboration with Provincial University Library Network (PULINET) organized The 4th PULINET Wichakarn under the theme “Innovation: important tool for libraries in social network age” at Amarin Lagoon Hotel, Phitsanulok during 22-24 January 2014. This year PULINET Wichakarn aims to support and promote the creation of inspirations, concepts, and models of libraries in social network age for executives, librarians, documentalist and others involved. It also seeks to provide a stage for all participants to present new informational innovations and share their experiences. The 3-day seminar included both oral and poster presentation sessions. Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University’s faculty and staff participated in PULINET’s seminar with different rolls. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Namtip Wipawin of the STOU School of Liberal Arts, along with 9 other specialists from various universities, was appointed a peer reviewer for academic papers. Staff of the Office of Documentation and Information gave a poster presentation and four oral presentations. Each of those was awarded as follow:

The seminar brought about connection between new innovations for library practitioners from 20 universities around Thailand which will enforce the Network’s goal in developing a strong and sustainable library network in order to enhance the best quality to support missions of the universities in the network.



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Digital-Age in Teaching and Learning STOU and SEAMOLEC hold Joint Workshop on SEA EduNet 2.0: Digital-Age in Teaching and Learning Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University and SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) conducted a joint workshop on “SEA EduNet 2.0: Digital-Age in Teaching and Learning� from 25 to 27 February 2014 at Computer Training Room I in Service Building I at STOU in Bangkok. This workshop covered learning resources and activities with EDMODO platform, digital book by using Sigil platform, video presentation and video lecturing and online lecturing in order to foster teachers and students to use a new

way of teaching and learning by taking the benefit of a Social Learning Network (SLN), and starting to use the digital book (e-book) as one of the learning resources as well as presenting the idea through video lecturing. In this regard, Asst. Prof. Dr. Monwipa Wongrujira, Assistant to the President, presided over the opening ceremony and gave a welcome speech to Ms. Anti Rismayanti, SEAMOLEC Research and Development Manager, Ms. Finita Dewi, SEAMOLEC Expert and Mr. Prayitno, SEAMOLEC IT Content Officer and over 30 STOU faculty members and staff participated in this workshop.

International Affairs News

On 14 February 2014, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chailerd Pichitpornchai, President of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University and Mr. Viraphan Rasphone, Director of Savan Institute of Management (SIM) represented in the MOU signing ceremony at SIM in Savannakhet, Lao People's Democratic Republic. In addition, Asst. Prof. Orasa Pankhao, Vice-President for Corpo-


rate Communications and International Affairs, Asst. Prof. Dr. Monwipa Wongrujira, Assistant to the President, Mr. Sun Annannab, Director of the Office of Educational Services, Mr. Sompong Lomaratana, Director of the Ubonratchathani Regional Distance Education Center, and Mrs. Rattip Phukkeson, Acting Head of International Affairs at STOU, and Mr. Kuli Sorsingvien, Head of the Department of Technical and Vocational Education in Savannakhet Province, jointly witnessed the ceremony at the SIM. From this MOU, STOU and SIM will cooperate with each other in faculty member and student exchange, teaching media and educational opportunity expansion.

STOU School of Agriculture and Cooperatives Welcomes Representatives from the Indonesian Embassy to Thailand

Dr. Yunardi

On Thursday, 16 January 2014, at the 6th floor Meeting Room of Academic Building I at STOU, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chailerd Pichitpornchai, President of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, welcomed Dr. Yunardi, Education and Culture Attaché and Mr. Wasana Adi Nugraha, Third Secretary of Economic Affairs from the Embassy of Indonesia in Thailand, on the occasion of their visit to STOU as special guest speakers at the special seminar on the topic of “Agriculture and Cooperatives in Indonesia”, which was organized for graduate students and faculty members of the STOU School of Agriculture and Cooperatives, as part of the Master of Business Administration Program in Cooperatives.


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CALL FOR PAPERS ICDE 2014 Connecting the World through Open, Distance and e-Learning AAOU 2014 28th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities

“Advancing Open and Distance Learning: Research and Practices” Sub-themes:  Multi-mode education within open and distance learning institutions  Nurturing an institutional research culture  Institutional advancement and innovations  Research and innovative ODL practices  Studies on OCW and MOOCs  Funding and infrastructure for research and development Date 28 - 30 October 2014


Important Dates Deadline for abstract submission Notification of abstract acceptance Deadline for full paper submission Deadline for online conference registration

Hong Kong, China 1 May 2014 20 May 2014 31 July 2014 30 September 2014

SUB-THEMES:  distance education: the economic, technological, pedagogical and social outlook  open, distance and flexible learning for reduction of the gap between formal education and work  e-learning in a conventional educational establishment: challenges and possibilities  distance and smart education: narrowing or widening digital and cognitive gaps?  quality and standards of educational provision in distance settings; social and cultural diversity and linguistic plurality; educational tradition and innovation – where does the balance lie?  open, distance and e-learning as a field for cooperation at international, regional, interregional, national, local and institutional levels. Date

25 - 26 September 2014


Azimut Moscow Olympic Hotel, Moscow, Russian Federation



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