Drop in Day

Our first drop in day last month was a great success. We were especially pleased to welcome those students and staff who flew in from neighbouring countries. We had a very fruitful time together and hope to make it a bi-annual event.

Our next big event is graduation which takes place on Saturday 18 July 2015. Our Chancellor, Lady Justice Anglin Flavia Senoga will award certificates and confer degrees on our pioneer students.

Our next intake starts on 10 August. There is still time to apply online at: www.virtualuni.ac.ug. We are ready to welcome you to the revolution in higher education!

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Virtual University of Uganda: Collaborations

VUU is currently collaborating with Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda) and University of Africa (South Africa / Zambia)

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With MUST, we are sharing our Information and Communications Technology for Development programme, and with UoA our Executive MBA programme. In this way, we hope to strengthen partnerships and raise the benchmark for the quality of our learning materials.

To learn more about us, visit our website at: http://www.virtualuni.ac.ug

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We are hiring …

Fully Licenced by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education

The Virtual University of Uganda is a private university licenced by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education. VUU offers programmes for professionals online, using a blended appraoch, or via digital distance learning. Virtual University of Uganda’s administration offices are located in Muyenga, Kampala, while the classrooms, meeting rooms, registry, and library are fully virtual using a Moodle platform hosted by UP Learning in The Netherlands.

Applications are invited for the following positions:

Assistant Registrar

Moodle Administrator

The applicant for position one should hold at least a Bachelor’s degree with five years experience in a related position with excellent administrative, computer, and public relations skills.

The applicant for position two should ideally hold a master’s degree with a specialization in education with at least five years experience in the field.

Both candidates should be knowledgeable about higher education in Uganda and be willing to work with minimal supervision in a small committed team.

A letter of application, together with an up-to-date CV and the names and email contacts of two referees (not related by blood or marriage) should be sent /delivered to:
VUU, P.O. Box 70773, Clock Tower, Kampala or
VUU, 425 Zzimwe Road, Muyenga or
infovuu@virtualuni.ac.ug
Closing Date: Friday 26 September 2014 at 12 noon.

Interviews will be held at the University premises on Zzimwe / Church Road shortly thereafter. A candidate who is not invited for interview should consider his/her application unsuccessful.

Applicants should be ready to take up these positions on 5 January 2015. An attractive remuneration package is offered for each position.

 

Changing Modalities of Learning

At VUU, we are currently in the process of expanding our modalities of learning in order to reach a wider audience of postgraduate students. Until now, all teaching and learning was done online. We are in the process of adding a blended approach and a distance-learning type of approach. The DL approach is extremely interesting in that all learning materials are delivered to students via USB stick on a portable version of Moodle: POODLE. All three modalities are open to students at the start of each course in a programme. In addition, DL students can login to the online version at any time when they have internet available so that they can access the online resources. 

New Intake

Applications are invited for our postgraduate programmes:

Public Health

ICT for Development

Business Administration

International Development

Visit our website to find out more about these distance-learning programmes.

www.virtualuni.ac.ug

Distance Learning with a Digital Dimension

VUU offers three modalities for its postgraduate programmes: online (fully virtual), blended ( a mix of online activities and teaching), and distance learning with a digital dimension. The last modality means that all learning materials are neatly packaged on our website where they can be downloaded at any time. All online activities can also be accessed by distance learners. We offer Public Health, International Development, Business Administration, and ICT4D. Visit our website to find out more about us. www.virtualuni.ac.ug

VUU — bringing you into the digital age!!

A Paperless University

David Okwii’s write up gives a good and well-written account of what we do here at VUU. You can read it here. David works at http://www.dignited.com.

Blended Learning, Flipped Classrooms, and Yellow Notes

One of the latest buzz words in higher education is the “flipped classroom”. This approach to teaching and learning is a blended approach where the lectures are moved onto an asynchronous learning platform while the classroom becomes a place to reinforce student engagement and deepen their mastery of skills. So the teacher moves away from being the “sage on the stage” to being the “guide at their side” (as one website puts it).

I like it; it makes a lot of sense. After all, why do I have to spend time reading notes to my students when they can read them for themselves? A real teacher (in the Socratic sense) should be a support, a prod for deepened thinking on the part of the student.

This is what we do at VUU. The lectures and classnotes (including videos, reading materials, audio briefs, and links to urls) are situated on our learning platform (Moodle). We then use the synchronous sessions (live classes, and from September the face-to-face sessions also) to guide, discuss, and share ideas. Such an approach moves sharply away from the rote learning of yesterday and focusses on how to think and what to do with facts. Most of us carry encyclopedias around with us on our phones, tablets, and laptops — we do not need to learn facts; we need to be able to think and apply skills to all sorts of situations.

However, this approach can take the teacher out of our comfort zone. I cannot simply upload a presentation, even with audio (the craze for PPPs drives me mad in that it represents a serious dumbing down of education). I am forced to think, to read, to keep up-to-date.  What do students do when given an assignment? The generally “google” it. We teachers who dish out the same old same old each year to a fresh group of first-year students will have to start to do the same lest our students become the teachers! If we deliver quality, up-to-date learning materials online, and become midwives in the classroom, we could create a win-win situation all around.

For more on the flipped classroom see:

www.cst.usc.edu/teach/strategies/the-inverted-classroom.