Collaborative Life (a.k.a. Co-Life), based on Access Grid (AG), has been re-designed as a new and exciting real-time, distributed, multi-user on-line collaborative platform.
- Free for use by academia
- Can be used anytime/anywhere
- Project Management
- Video Conferencing
- Text Chat
- Electronic Whiteboard
- Application Sharing
1. E-Learning: A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Education Cultivation Program
This Co-Life-based eLearning program is a four-year collaborative interdisciplinary education cultivation project initiated by Taiwan’s National Science Council (NSC) in 2005. The focus of this program is on utilizing the Co-Life application to enhance knowledge dissemination, at the college level, within three high-tech domains--biomedical technology, nanotechnology, and display and opto-electro-mechanical technology. Co-Life is being used to help meet the high demand for human resources (i.e. teachers) in these fields. This program encourages teachers to use Co-Life to form teaching alliances and teach courses together.
When the Co-Life application was first offered as a partial solution to Taiwan’s eLearning initiative, only seven schools signed on. By the end of 2008, though, approximately one-third of Taiwan’s schools were participating in the program. Also by the end of 2008, 77 inter-college departments were using Co-Life to teach approximately 40 courses to over 5,000 students island-wide.
2. Flood Mitigation
Taiwan is densely populated and situated in a highly seasonal subtropical region that is dominated by typhoon-generated hydrology. Flooding occurs frequently during typhoon season and often causes severe damage to property and even loss of life. For this reason, it is important that Taiwan have an effective disaster reduction plan that includes support for decision-making authorities during time of flood.
Recent advances in Taiwan’s cyber infrastructure have made it possible to build a system that can meet such challenges.
The NCHC’s Flood Mitigation project is comprised of three components: (1) a real-time communication platform that is used among geographically distributed institutions, (2) a sensor network-based flood monitoring system that collects and archives flood-related data for future study, and (3) the computing and data Grids that support flood forecasting research. This system, and in particular the Co-Life communication platform, is being utilized by Taiwan’s Water Resource Agency (WRA) on a daily basis. National Taiwan University’s Hydrotech Research Institute is also utilizing the Grid platform of the Flood Mitigation project.
3. Water Environment Eduation Program
Being an island nation, one of the most important elements of sustainability is the water environment. It is vital to quicken the pace of teachers’ training in order for them to educate students on the importance of Taiwan’s water environment and the ways in which they can help protect it. Consequently, Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Water Resources Agency (WRA) co-sponsored a 3-year eLearning project to assist school teachers in this water education awareness building program. Thus far, this program has produced five eLearning content modules and 80-hours worth of additional asynchronous courses. The course topics cover science, ecology, and engineering knowledge as applied to water environments, as well as the social, political, and economic issues surrounding water resources development and protection. Based on these courses, seven eLearning programs have been taught. These seven courses were attended by a total of 12,264 participants. This project also included six 6-day face-to-face training courses as well as 25 1-day field studies. Also, an international workshop and course content design contest are held annually. This program is the most extensive water environment eLearning education program of its kind in Taiwan.