17 Aug 2021
This is essential for academic and scientific accomplishment in the rapidly changing global society. In this way, UR is working collaboratively with among others the Partnership for Enhanced for Blended Learning ( PEBL) project. since 2017. Since 2017, UR has developed and submitted a number of modules to the Project. As a result, two of them were selected and shared with other universities across East African Region.The third one will also be shared very soon since the activities of uploading it on the UR eLearning Platform have been successfully accomplished. This is the module of the Human Resources Management of Entrepreneurship subject taught in year 2 in the University of Rwanda- College of Education.
The achievement of this important milestone will enable the University of Rwanda to avail the backup file of this module as required by the management of the PEBL project. The team of the University of Rwanda-College of Education’s academics who developed this module were also assigned the task of uploading it on the Platform as soon as possible.This was the objective of the recently concluded workshop organized in UR Remera Campus with the support of the UR PEBL project.
The team included Lecturer Phocas Musemakweli who is the Module Leader ; Lecturer Laurence and Lecturer Annet Kaviira, who are both Matters Experts.The workshop was also attended by Dr. Andre Muhirwa, the UR PEBL Project Coordinator and the Director for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Dr.Matthias Nduwingoma, the UR PEBL project Lead and the Director of Open Distance and eLearning, and Mr.Leon Ntabomvura, the eLearning Officer for Instructional Design and facilitator.
As the Module Leader, Lecturer Phocas Musemakweli noted that the module of Human Resources Management developed by his team will enable students to discover the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to the practices of human resource management. He added that the curriculum leads the students through the roles and responsibilities of human resource personnel.
As expert in Instructional Design and the workshop facilitator, Mr Leon Ntabomvura took the participants through the structure and important features of the UR eLearning Platform. He made the review of the guidelines of the use of the platform and stressed the need to abide by them while uploading the materials.
Dr. Mathias Nduwingoma commended the team that developed the module for the quality of the materials they provided. He urged them to continue working hard for the successful completion of the final stage of the module.
Dr.Andre Muhirwa gave an overview of the Project and the University of Rwanda’s achievement with the support of the project. "We started this project in 2017 and among other activities we had to develop three modules which have to be shared by other 5 partner universities and 12 participating universities in East Africa, " he said.
He noted that for the first batch UR developed the module of Biochemistry belonging to the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.As he said all modules have to be posted on that the platform of Open Education Resources Africa ( OER Africa) located in South Africa.
He continued to say that for the second batch, UR has again developed another module. This is that of the ’Introduction to Information Technology, whose module leader is Dr.Mathias Nduwingoma. The module is taught in all first years of the University of Rwanda."We developed this module and we submitted its final version and its backup so that it can be possible to upload the materials on OER Africa," Dr Andre Muhirwa said.
He also noted that for the third batch the module selected is that of ’ Human Resources Management ’ taught in the Entrepreneurship subject in year 2 in UR-College of Education.
He stressed the need to organize the workshop because not only the materials ought to be accessed online, but also its backup file must be submitted to the Project and uploaded on OER Africa.
PEBL project is led by The Association of Commonwealth University ( The ACU) on behalf of British Goverment.It brings together 6 partner and 12 participating universities. In Rwanda, partner and participating universities are University of Rwanda( partner).The project helps East African universities to overcome varied challenges of shortage of teaching resources they face. Its support enables the universities to share teaching resources through quality assured, credit-bearing courses delivered through blended learning.