BESTNET Project at Cal State L.A. Makes Education History

November 7, 2002

BESTNET pioneered distributed (distance) learning and collaborative research between academic and research institutions in the USA and Mexico and had a major impact on propagating the Internet at Mexican institutions. Original funding for BESTNET came from the External Research Organization of the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) for nearly $1 million and two consecutive FIPSE grants for a total of approximately $800,000. Early in the project, DEC announced in several of its news releases that BESTNET was its most successful project for the company’s External Research Organization.

Cal State L.A.’s Professor Bellman, who received his Ph.D. from UC Irvine, is a specialist in computer networks, Internet, human-machine interaction, computer mediated/interaction, enterprise design and development, computer conferencing systems, and policy-telecommunications. His expertise also includes intercultural communication, and formal and non-formal education and teaching.

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) is a unit of the Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation, and is contained within the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. Its mandate is to “improve postsecondary educational opportunities” across a broad range of concerns. FIPSE provides grants to colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation and improvement in postsecondary education.

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