10 Aug 2020
Since the University of Rwanda has embarked on the move to adopt the blended learning mode in teaching, learning and assessment approach, there has been seamless effort in order to upload modules on the UR eLearning platform.
However, it was observed that there is a need to improve their quality by adopting a common blended learning module template where they meet the quality assurance standards for Open and Distance eLearning ( ODeL). It is against this backdrop that the University of Rwanda’s College of Education (UR-CE) has organized, from 3rd to 14th August 2020 at UR Rukara and Nyagatare Campuses, a series of Training Workshops for all its academic staff on Accelerated Uploading of Modules on UR eLearning Platform.
Organized through the UR-CE’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement (CTLE) in collaboration of the Centre for Open and Distance eLearning (CODeL), the Training Workshop’s objectives are to 1) finalize the development of the non-yet uploaded modules ; 2) to improve the quality of already uploaded modules by embedding necessary instructional materials, and 3) to make sure that all modules are ready for the forthcoming re-opening of the University of Rwanda after the closure caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
A section of the participants in the Training workshop
While officially opening the exercise, the University of Rwanda’s College of Education Principal, Prof George K Njoroge acknowledged that UR-CE academic staff have worked tremendously to ensure that all modules offered in all academic programs are uploaded on the UR e-learning platform. He, however, indicated that it has been observed that there is a need to improve their quality by ensure that they meet the quality assurance standards. He noted that it was therefore imperative to organize a refresher training workshop in order to update all instructional materials.
‘’The way the learning outcomes are formulated should be improved whereby they have always to be measurable,’’ Prof Njoroge said, and adding that uploaded modules should be free from plagiarism by acknowledging the sources.
Prof Njoroge urged the participants to have the mindset of living and delivering in the modern world of technology in order to cope with its challenges in general and those related to the Covid-19 pandemic in particular. Conditionally, UR-CE academic staff should be able to make teaching and learning blended mode of delivery.
The Training Workshop will be held abiding by precautionary and preventative measures against Covid-19 pandemic. Two participants ’groups will attend concurrently for 3 days. Lecturers based at UR Rukara Campus will attend from 3rd to 11th August 2020 ; those based at Nyagatare Campus from 12th to 14th August 2020.
For every group, ODeL champions and eLearning officers have been assigned a number of departments to assist and will work with individual lecturer to complete uploading quality instructional materials by 15th August 2020.
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University of Rwanda’s College of Education