Moodling with Rwandan researchers

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Moodling with Rwandan Researchers
Ravi Murugesan
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)

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Moodling with Rwandan researchers

  1. 1. Moodling with RwandanResearchers Ravi Murugesan
  2. 2. • INASP – “International Network for Availability of Scientific Publications” – Charity based in Oxford – Promotes scholarly information for development• AuthorAID – One of INASP’s projects – Supports developing country researchers in publishing their work
  3. 3. Training at AuthorAID• Workshops on publishing research for university researchers in partner countries – Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, Cuba…• Over 25 workshops facilitated by AuthorAID staff since 2007 – Many “cascaded” workshops as well
  4. 4. E-learning• Initially supposed to be a set of e-learning modules put up on the website• Then a Moodle enthusiast was hired
  5. 5. Pilot e-learning course• “Writing a Research Paper for Publication”• Set up on Moodle 2.1• 6-week, fully online course – October to November 2011• One instructor (me) and 28 learners – Academic staff at the National University of Rwanda
  6. 6. Activities in the course• Forum• Lesson (most of the course)• Feedback• Glossary• Database
  7. 7. Facing the challenges
  8. 8. • E-learning adoption: slow in Africa• English: Second language in Rwanda• Mostly first-time e-learners in the pilot course
  9. 9. Encouraging enrolment• Clear course description – Circulated by email well in advance• Preparatory course before the actual course• Light weekly workload (2 to 3 hours)• Self-registration and self-enrolment
  10. 10. Accessible, interesting content• Moodle’s default theme used for low- bandwidth connections• Short sentences and simple words in the content• Questions interspersed (lesson module) – Of 118 pages in the course, 74 had questions• Not more than 200 words per page in lessons
  11. 11. Question page in a lesson
  12. 12. Encouraging study and completion• Preparatory course and learning guidelines• Regular announcements (news forum)• Prompt responses to questions• Monitoring learners’ progress every week• Checking with learners who fell behind• End-of-course assignment• Two-week extension
  13. 13. Assignment with database module
  14. 14. Glossary with questions and answers
  15. 15. Outcomes
  16. 16. • 25 of 28 learners (89%) completed the course• Good feedback
  17. 17. Screenshots from analysis page of feedback module
  18. 18. Next steps
  19. 19. Moodle for AuthorAID; maybe for INASP too! AuthorAID community INASP community
  20. 20. Thank you Write to me (rmurugesan@inasp.info) to see the course and give me feedback

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