Uganda Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Project: Training and implementation of e-learning
Project coordinator: Ms Theodora M. Twongyirwe
(1) Increase use of ICT in teaching and research
Develop an e-learning management policy.
Establish an e-learning resource unit that will coordinate e-learning activities, vet proposals on e‑learning, monitor and evaluate e-learning activities at the institution, promote e-learning.
Train trainers of trainers in e-learning, and then all teaching staff in e-learning.
Establish the appropriate distance learning education infrastructure and software.
(2) Provide greater access to university education by developing capacity in distance education
Develop e-learning degree programmes. Notably, use e-learning at the Faculty of Medicine to train health workers in a rural set-up; at the Faculty of Education to train primary and secondary school teachers in ICT.
Widen the participation in education from e.g. students with disabilities or with care responsibilities, who can only take courses from home.
Ensure visibility of these activities by engaging in community outreach. Make secondary schools aware of distance learning opportunities; train primary and secondary schools teachers; train leaders, especially women, to advance the involvement of girls in research and technology; involve radios and other media.
Develop e-learning networks based on academic interests groups and research collaborations.
(3) Assess the potential of distributed/grid computing at the institution
Install the initiative's specific hardware and software, which will support the implementation/strengthening of a grid node at the institution.
Disseminate the grid/distributed computing know-how obtained through the initiative.
Have the Institute of Computer Science host a research project to investigate uses of grid/distributed computing in supporting health, education and enterprise development in rural areas.