June 01, 2004
Java(SM) Education and Learning Community (JELC) – Qu'est-ce que c'est?

I have no *!*!*!*!* idea what this is about, but it sounds as if it might be interesting:

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SHANGHAI, China, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On the heels of its first-ever Lifelong Learning Forum held in Madrid, Spain in March, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNWNews) today announced the Java(SM) Education and Learning Community (JELC). Spearheaded by Sun, the JELC's mission is to gather a global community of key educators, administrators and technologists to share best practices and strategies for creating, managing and implementing next-generation education infrastructures. Sun announced the availability of the JELC portal at the eLearning Center of Excellence Forum hosted in Shanghai, PRC in conjunction with Sun's first Asia Pacific SunNetwork Conference.

Founded on the principle of open collaboration, the JELC plans to address a variety of issues of great importance to the education community, including teaching and learning new technologies, vocational retraining, bridging the digital divide, and achieving full global access to top education materials and courses. To make this happen, Sun is convening education stakeholders and decision-makers, including ministers of education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ministers, K-12 and higher education institutions, as well as partners such as independent software vendors, standards boards and humanitarian organizations.

Is this just a fancy way of selling boxes of kit and complicated phone conversations, or is something more honourable and interesting than that involved here? I'd love any comments from the informed, i.e. from those whose knowledge of such matters is more than my *!*!*!*!*.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 04:10 PM
Category: Technology