Deployment of e-Learning in a University: the case of Makerere University Presented by: Samuel N. Siminyu Deputy Director,...
Outline <ul><li>The Institutional Context </li></ul><ul><li>A Brief History of e-Learning at Makerere </li></ul><ul><li>Th...
1. The Institutional Context <ul><li>Mak has evolved over  86  years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1922  – Uganda Technical Colleg...
Institutional Context …  <ul><li>Today Mak has 22 faculties/schools/institutes + constituent and affiliate colleges </li><...
Institutional Context …  <ul><li>Dual-mode provision (with 6,500 undergraduate and 130 graduate distance learners) </li></...
2. A Brief History of e-Learning @ Mak <ul><li>1997 – Partnered in African Virtual University   (AVU) pilot project  </li>...
History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>2002 – Co-curriculum Development Project   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mak, UDSM and Tuft ...
History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>2002   – NUFFIC e-Learning Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trained 20 trainers in Euro...
History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>Other e-Resources (MIS)   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HURIS  – human resources information...
History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>Electronic Library Resources  –  http://mulib.mak.ac.ug   </li></ul><ul><li>MIT  ope...
History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>E-Learning and Teacher Education ( ELATE ) project – Mak + OUUK –  http:// www.ugand...
History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>Strengthening Agricultural & Environmental Capacity Through Distance Education ( SAE...
History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>Hinged on adoption of Mak ICT Policy (2004) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has component on e...
3. The Current  State-of-Affairs <ul><li>New Mak Strategic Plan (2007/8-2017/18)  puts even greater emphasis on curriculum...
The Current  State-of-Affairs … <ul><li>ICT infrastructure is in place :  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a university-wide fibre op...
The Current  State-of-Affairs … <ul><li>Some staff have been trained on online facilitation using Blackboard and KEWL LMSs...
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 … <ul><li>Ten of the faculties/schools/institutes have e-Learning Labs equipped with: </li><...
The Current  State-of-Affairs …
4. Challenges and Lessons  <ul><li>Computers few compared to the users  </li></ul><ul><li>High cost of bandwidth </li></ul...
Challenges and Lessons … <ul><li>Unreliable electric power supply  </li></ul><ul><li>A cautious attitude towards e-learnin...
5. Recommendations and Prospects <ul><li>Increase the number of computers (avail affordable laptops for students to buy) <...
Recommendations and Prospects … <ul><li>Train and re-train both students and lecturers in e-learning and basic computer sk...
Recommendations and Prospects … <ul><li>Provide continuous technical support to users </li></ul><ul><li>Establish an e-lea...
Recommendations and Prospects … <ul><li>ICT technical support services should be distinguished from e-learning pedagogy an...
Recommendations and Prospects … <ul><ul><li>Costs of infrastructure maintenance and upgrades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ot...
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Deployment of e-Learning in a University

  1. 1. Deployment of e-Learning in a University: the case of Makerere University Presented by: Samuel N. Siminyu Deputy Director, Institute of Adult & Continuing Education
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>The Institutional Context </li></ul><ul><li>A Brief History of e-Learning at Makerere </li></ul><ul><li>The Current State-of-Affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations and Prospects </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1. The Institutional Context <ul><li>Mak has evolved over 86 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1922 – Uganda Technical College </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1935 – Center for Higher Education in EA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1949 – Affiliate College of the University of London </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1963 – Constituent College of the University of East Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1970 – Independent university </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Has established traditions </li></ul>
  4. 4. Institutional Context … <ul><li>Today Mak has 22 faculties/schools/institutes + constituent and affiliate colleges </li></ul><ul><li>A student population of 30,000 undergraduate + 3,000 graduate students </li></ul>
  5. 5. Institutional Context … <ul><li>Dual-mode provision (with 6,500 undergraduate and 130 graduate distance learners) </li></ul><ul><li>Research hub with established international collaborations, networks and projects </li></ul>
  6. 6. 2. A Brief History of e-Learning @ Mak <ul><li>1997 – Partnered in African Virtual University (AVU) pilot project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduced WebCT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mak still participating in AVU (contributes to Internet Bandwidth, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>2002 – Co-curriculum Development Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mak, UDSM and Tuft University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduced Blackboard LMS @ Mak </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>2002 – NUFFIC e-Learning Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trained 20 trainers in Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trained 100 more locally; FCIT has trained more … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2004-2007 Carnegie e-Learning Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>staff training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>establishment of e-learning labs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recruitment and capacity building for e-Learning Unit staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>establishment of the multimedia lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>implementation of iLabs (Internet-based labs) – with MIT </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>Other e-Resources (MIS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HURIS – human resources information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ARIS – academic records information system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FINIS – finance information system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MakLIBIS - library information system </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>Electronic Library Resources – http://mulib.mak.ac.ug </li></ul><ul><li>MIT open source courseware </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Education for Sub-Saharan Africa ( TESSA ) project – http:// www.tessafrica.net </li></ul>
  11. 11. History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>E-Learning and Teacher Education ( ELATE ) project – Mak + OUUK – http:// www.ugandaschoolresources.org </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture ( RUFORUM ) – an association of 12 universities – http:// www.ruforum.org </li></ul>
  12. 12. History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>Strengthening Agricultural & Environmental Capacity Through Distance Education ( SAEC-DE ) – Mak, UON, Univ of Florida, CIAT with USAID Funding </li></ul><ul><li>EDULINK and other e-learning projects in the Faculty of Agriculture </li></ul>
  13. 13. History of e-Learning @ Mak … <ul><li>Hinged on adoption of Mak ICT Policy (2004) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has component on e-Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Propelled by Mak Strategic Plan (2000-2005/7) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flagged ICT as a priority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Called for curriculum review and innovative teaching/learning approaches </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. 3. The Current State-of-Affairs <ul><li>New Mak Strategic Plan (2007/8-2017/18) puts even greater emphasis on curriculum innovations and use of ICT in education delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Building on the lessons learned from the experiences to forge ahead </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Current State-of-Affairs … <ul><li>ICT infrastructure is in place : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a university-wide fibre optic cable network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-Learning labs set-up in 10 faculties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other computer labs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard and KEWL-Next Gen LMSs up and running </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. The Current State-of-Affairs … <ul><li>Some staff have been trained on online facilitation using Blackboard and KEWL LMSs </li></ul><ul><li>Several staff pursuing graduate studies are researching in e- and m- learning </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Current State-of-Affairs … 5% 40% Active usage (%) 283 836 No. of courses 2,784 20,060 No. of users KEWL Blackboard
  18. 18. The Current State-of-Affairs … <ul><li>Ten of the faculties/schools/institutes have e-Learning Labs equipped with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PCs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Boards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Management established: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Council Committee on ICT, takes charge of e-Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully fledged e-Learning Unit (under DICTS, now transferring to IACE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty E-Learning Implementation Committees </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. The Current State-of-Affairs …
  20. 20. 4. Challenges and Lessons <ul><li>Computers few compared to the users </li></ul><ul><li>High cost of bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>Gaps in basic computer knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Unstable e-learning platform (KEWL) </li></ul><ul><li>Large student numbers (registration & moderation challenges) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Challenges and Lessons … <ul><li>Unreliable electric power supply </li></ul><ul><li>A cautious attitude towards e-learning both among students and lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>Limited space to house computers </li></ul><ul><li>Over-committed staff (lack the time to prepare courseware and offer on-line support) </li></ul>
  22. 22. 5. Recommendations and Prospects <ul><li>Increase the number of computers (avail affordable laptops for students to buy) </li></ul><ul><li>Set up wireless Internet hot-spots (to decongest labs) </li></ul><ul><li>Use stable e-learning platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Internet connectivity (increase Bandwidth) </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure fulltime availability of power </li></ul>
  23. 23. Recommendations and Prospects … <ul><li>Train and re-train both students and lecturers in e-learning and basic computer skills </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out continuous sensitization of both lecturers and students on value of e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>Establish mechanism for continuous follow-up of trained courseware developers </li></ul><ul><li>Devise motivational mechanisms for staff who develop and use e-learning resources </li></ul>
  24. 24. Recommendations and Prospects … <ul><li>Provide continuous technical support to users </li></ul><ul><li>Establish an e-learning management structure to implement activities </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage individual faculties to drive their own integration of e-learning in teaching, learning and research activities </li></ul>
  25. 25. Recommendations and Prospects … <ul><li>ICT technical support services should be distinguished from e-learning pedagogy and housed accordingly </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge of sustainability beyond project lifespan need to be resolved concretely </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs of proprietary software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of Bandwidth </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Recommendations and Prospects … <ul><ul><li>Costs of infrastructure maintenance and upgrades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other costs of running </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaborations within the country/region and across boarders holds promise </li></ul><ul><li>The full potential of e-learning in supporting distance and open learning is yet to be tapped </li></ul>
  27. 27. Thank you!

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