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Moodling with Rwandan
Researchers


          Ravi Murugesan
• 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
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
E-learning
• Initially supposed to be a set of e-learning
  modules put up on the website
• Then a Moodle enthusiast was hired
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
Activities in the course
•   Forum
•   Lesson (most of the course)
•   Feedback
•   Glossary
•   Database
Facing the challenges
• E-learning adoption: slow in Africa
• English: Second language in Rwanda
• Mostly first-time e-learners in the pilot
  course
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
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
Question page in a lesson
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
Assignment with database module
Glossary with questions and
         answers
Outcomes
• 25 of 28 learners (89%) completed
  the course
• Good feedback
Screenshots from analysis page of
       feedback module
Next steps
Moodle for AuthorAID; maybe for
          INASP too!
                       AuthorAID
                       community


                         INASP
                         community
Thank you
 Write to me (rmurugesan@inasp.info) to see
 the course and give me feedback

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Moodling with Rwandan researchers

  • 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.
  • 4. 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
  • 5. E-learning • Initially supposed to be a set of e-learning modules put up on the website • Then a Moodle enthusiast was hired
  • 6. 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
  • 7.
  • 8. Activities in the course • Forum • Lesson (most of the course) • Feedback • Glossary • Database
  • 9.
  • 10.
  • 11.
  • 13. • E-learning adoption: slow in Africa • English: Second language in Rwanda • Mostly first-time e-learners in the pilot course
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. Question page in a lesson
  • 17. 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
  • 18.
  • 20. Glossary with questions and answers
  • 22. • 25 of 28 learners (89%) completed the course • Good feedback
  • 23. Screenshots from analysis page of feedback module
  • 24.
  • 25.
  • 26.
  • 27.
  • 28.
  • 30. Moodle for AuthorAID; maybe for INASP too! AuthorAID community INASP community
  • 31. Thank you Write to me (rmurugesan@inasp.info) to see the course and give me feedback