Deployment of e-Learning in a University

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Published on December 2, 2008

Author: andryn2006

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An overview of the progress made at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda in the deployment of e-Learning

Deployment of e-Learning in a University: the case of Makerere University Presented by: Samuel N. Siminyu Deputy Director, Institute of Adult & Continuing Education

Outline The Institutional Context A Brief History of e-Learning at Makerere The Current State-of-Affairs Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned Recommendations and Prospects

The Institutional Context

A Brief History of e-Learning at Makerere

The Current State-of-Affairs

Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned

Recommendations and Prospects

1. The Institutional Context Mak has evolved over 86 years 1922 – Uganda Technical College 1935 – Center for Higher Education in EA 1949 – Affiliate College of the University of London 1963 – Constituent College of the University of East Africa 1970 – Independent university Has established traditions

Mak has evolved over 86 years

1922 – Uganda Technical College

1935 – Center for Higher Education in EA

1949 – Affiliate College of the University of London

1963 – Constituent College of the University of East Africa

1970 – Independent university

Has established traditions

Institutional Context … Today Mak has 22 faculties/schools/institutes + constituent and affiliate colleges A student population of 30,000 undergraduate + 3,000 graduate students

Today Mak has 22 faculties/schools/institutes + constituent and affiliate colleges

A student population of 30,000 undergraduate + 3,000 graduate students

Institutional Context … Dual-mode provision (with 6,500 undergraduate and 130 graduate distance learners) Research hub with established international collaborations, networks and projects

Dual-mode provision (with 6,500 undergraduate and 130 graduate distance learners)

Research hub with established international collaborations, networks and projects

2. A Brief History of e-Learning @ Mak 1997 – Partnered in African Virtual University (AVU) pilot project Introduced WebCT Digital library Mak still participating in AVU (contributes to Internet Bandwidth, etc.)

1997 – Partnered in African Virtual University (AVU) pilot project

Introduced WebCT

Digital library

Mak still participating in AVU (contributes to Internet Bandwidth, etc.)

History of e-Learning @ Mak … 2002 – Co-curriculum Development Project Mak, UDSM and Tuft University Political Science Introduced Blackboard LMS @ Mak

2002 – Co-curriculum Development Project

Mak, UDSM and Tuft University

Political Science

Introduced Blackboard LMS @ Mak

History of e-Learning @ Mak … 2002 – NUFFIC e-Learning Project Trained 20 trainers in Europe Trained 100 more locally; FCIT has trained more … 2004-2007 Carnegie e-Learning Project staff training establishment of e-learning labs recruitment and capacity building for e-Learning Unit staff establishment of the multimedia lab implementation of iLabs (Internet-based labs) – with MIT

2002 – NUFFIC e-Learning Project

Trained 20 trainers in Europe

Trained 100 more locally; FCIT has trained more …

2004-2007 Carnegie e-Learning Project

staff training

establishment of e-learning labs

recruitment and capacity building for e-Learning Unit staff

establishment of the multimedia lab

implementation of iLabs (Internet-based labs) – with MIT

History of e-Learning @ Mak … Other e-Resources (MIS) HURIS – human resources information ARIS – academic records information system FINIS – finance information system MakLIBIS - library information system

Other e-Resources (MIS)

HURIS – human resources information

ARIS – academic records information system

FINIS – finance information system

MakLIBIS - library information system

History of e-Learning @ Mak … Electronic Library Resources – http://mulib.mak.ac.ug MIT open source courseware Teacher Education for Sub-Saharan Africa ( TESSA ) project – http:// www.tessafrica.net

Electronic Library Resources – http://mulib.mak.ac.ug

MIT open source courseware

Teacher Education for Sub-Saharan Africa ( TESSA ) project – http:// www.tessafrica.net

History of e-Learning @ Mak … E-Learning and Teacher Education ( ELATE ) project – Mak + OUUK – http:// www.ugandaschoolresources.org Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture ( RUFORUM ) – an association of 12 universities – http:// www.ruforum.org

E-Learning and Teacher Education ( ELATE ) project – Mak + OUUK – http:// www.ugandaschoolresources.org

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture ( RUFORUM ) – an association of 12 universities – http:// www.ruforum.org

History of e-Learning @ Mak … Strengthening Agricultural & Environmental Capacity Through Distance Education ( SAEC-DE ) – Mak, UON, Univ of Florida, CIAT with USAID Funding EDULINK and other e-learning projects in the Faculty of Agriculture

Strengthening Agricultural & Environmental Capacity Through Distance Education ( SAEC-DE ) – Mak, UON, Univ of Florida, CIAT with USAID Funding

EDULINK and other e-learning projects in the Faculty of Agriculture

History of e-Learning @ Mak … Hinged on adoption of Mak ICT Policy (2004) Has component on e-Learning Propelled by Mak Strategic Plan (2000-2005/7) Flagged ICT as a priority Called for curriculum review and innovative teaching/learning approaches

Hinged on adoption of Mak ICT Policy (2004)

Has component on e-Learning

Propelled by Mak Strategic Plan (2000-2005/7)

Flagged ICT as a priority

Called for curriculum review and innovative teaching/learning approaches

3. The Current State-of-Affairs New Mak Strategic Plan (2007/8-2017/18) puts even greater emphasis on curriculum innovations and use of ICT in education delivery Building on the lessons learned from the experiences to forge ahead

New Mak Strategic Plan (2007/8-2017/18) puts even greater emphasis on curriculum innovations and use of ICT in education delivery

Building on the lessons learned from the experiences to forge ahead

The Current State-of-Affairs … ICT infrastructure is in place : a university-wide fibre optic cable network e-Learning labs set-up in 10 faculties Other computer labs Blackboard and KEWL-Next Gen LMSs up and running

ICT infrastructure is in place :

a university-wide fibre optic cable network

e-Learning labs set-up in 10 faculties

Other computer labs

Blackboard and KEWL-Next Gen LMSs up and running

The Current State-of-Affairs … Some staff have been trained on online facilitation using Blackboard and KEWL LMSs Several staff pursuing graduate studies are researching in e- and m- learning

Some staff have been trained on online facilitation using Blackboard and KEWL LMSs

Several staff pursuing graduate studies are researching in e- and m- learning

The Current State-of-Affairs … 5% 40% Active usage (%) 283 836 No. of courses 2,784 20,060 No. of users KEWL Blackboard

The Current State-of-Affairs … Ten of the faculties/schools/institutes have e-Learning Labs equipped with: PCs Smart Boards Management established: Council Committee on ICT, takes charge of e-Learning Fully fledged e-Learning Unit (under DICTS, now transferring to IACE) Faculty E-Learning Implementation Committees

Ten of the faculties/schools/institutes have e-Learning Labs equipped with:

PCs

Smart Boards

Management established:

Council Committee on ICT, takes charge of e-Learning

Fully fledged e-Learning Unit (under DICTS, now transferring to IACE)

Faculty E-Learning Implementation Committees

The Current State-of-Affairs …

4. Challenges and Lessons Computers few compared to the users High cost of bandwidth Gaps in basic computer knowledge Unstable e-learning platform (KEWL) Large student numbers (registration & moderation challenges)

Computers few compared to the users

High cost of bandwidth

Gaps in basic computer knowledge

Unstable e-learning platform (KEWL)

Large student numbers (registration & moderation challenges)

Challenges and Lessons … Unreliable electric power supply A cautious attitude towards e-learning both among students and lecturers Limited space to house computers Over-committed staff (lack the time to prepare courseware and offer on-line support)

Unreliable electric power supply

A cautious attitude towards e-learning both among students and lecturers

Limited space to house computers

Over-committed staff (lack the time to prepare courseware and offer on-line support)

5. Recommendations and Prospects Increase the number of computers (avail affordable laptops for students to buy) Set up wireless Internet hot-spots (to decongest labs) Use stable e-learning platforms Improve Internet connectivity (increase Bandwidth) Ensure fulltime availability of power

Increase the number of computers (avail affordable laptops for students to buy)

Set up wireless Internet hot-spots (to decongest labs)

Use stable e-learning platforms

Improve Internet connectivity (increase Bandwidth)

Ensure fulltime availability of power

Recommendations and Prospects … Train and re-train both students and lecturers in e-learning and basic computer skills Carry out continuous sensitization of both lecturers and students on value of e-learning Establish mechanism for continuous follow-up of trained courseware developers Devise motivational mechanisms for staff who develop and use e-learning resources

Train and re-train both students and lecturers in e-learning and basic computer skills

Carry out continuous sensitization of both lecturers and students on value of e-learning

Establish mechanism for continuous follow-up of trained courseware developers

Devise motivational mechanisms for staff who develop and use e-learning resources

Recommendations and Prospects … Provide continuous technical support to users Establish an e-learning management structure to implement activities Encourage individual faculties to drive their own integration of e-learning in teaching, learning and research activities

Provide continuous technical support to users

Establish an e-learning management structure to implement activities

Encourage individual faculties to drive their own integration of e-learning in teaching, learning and research activities

Recommendations and Prospects … ICT technical support services should be distinguished from e-learning pedagogy and housed accordingly Challenge of sustainability beyond project lifespan need to be resolved concretely Costs of proprietary software Cost of Bandwidth

ICT technical support services should be distinguished from e-learning pedagogy and housed accordingly

Challenge of sustainability beyond project lifespan need to be resolved concretely

Costs of proprietary software

Cost of Bandwidth

Recommendations and Prospects … Costs of infrastructure maintenance and upgrades Other costs of running Collaborations within the country/region and across boarders holds promise The full potential of e-learning in supporting distance and open learning is yet to be tapped

Costs of infrastructure maintenance and upgrades

Other costs of running

Collaborations within the country/region and across boarders holds promise

The full potential of e-learning in supporting distance and open learning is yet to be tapped

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