Virtual University of Uganda offers Strategic Capacity Building Programmes in eLearning tailored to meets the needs of Uganda’s Universities
Moodle Management for Senior University Administrators **
In order for university departments to to deliver online programmes successfully, in-house managers are a central and crucial part of the operation. This capacity-building programme targets senior university administrators (already computer literate) who would be responsible for the continuous content delivery for online courses. Administrators learn the technicalities of advanced content provision online, including setting up examinations, quizzes, forums, and wikis), and how to work closely with the academic staff tutoring the courses and / or providing content so that the student learning experience is smooth and trouble-free. Administrators are trained to present learning materials in a creative, learner-friendly way, and how to provide online student support. Managers will also learn how to set up Course Libraries using open access materials.
Moodle managers trained by VUU attend a week-long session at VUU (10:00–16:00), and continue the training online for a further two weeks. Successful completion of all parts of the course results in a certificate in “Moodle Administration”. The programme is limited to 12 people per training session.
Online Teaching using Moodle for University Lecturers **
The pedaqgogy used in a classroom is quite different from the pedagogy used in an online learning environment. This programme will offer interested lecturers a unique opportunity to hone their teaching skills in an online environment. Tutors will learn how to tailor their existing courses for an online platform, how to manage the learning environment as an “editing” or “non-editing” lecturer, how to participate in wikis and discussion forums, how the set, mark, and comment on assignments and examinations, and how to set up chat sessions with their students. Special online demonstration classes will test the tutor’s knowledge of the system.
Moodle Tutors trained by VUU attend a week-long session at VUU (10:00–16:00), and continue the training online for a further two weeks. Successful completion of all parts of the course results in a certificate in “Moodle Teaching at University Level”. The programme is limited to 12 people per training session.
Cloud-Based Management Systems for University Administrators **
Using simple, affordable, cloud-based apps (both paid and freely available) can transform a faculty or department into a streamlined, paperless environment where communication is almost immediate and information shared seamlessly. Cloud-based university management systems mean that minutes of staff meetings, boards, and senates, notices, timetables, and other information can be uploaded as PDFs to a specially-customised (and easily-managed) website where access is instantaneous. Wikis can also be set up as Departmental Notice Boards hosting a broad range of information from the Faculty / Department s to Dissertation Title and Supervision lists. Different levels of security and access can be set up to ensure confidentiality. Automatic emails can alert users to new uploads.
Cloud Computing Administrators trained by VUU attend a week-long session at VUU (10:00–16:00), and continue the training online for a further one week. Successful completion of all parts of the course results in a certificate in “Cloud-Based Management”. The programme is limited to 14 people per training session.
Using Social Media for University Public Relations **
This specially tailored training programme targets university PROs and Official Spokespersons responsible for the dissemination of official information for their institution. Participants learn how to set up, customize, and manage official Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts, Google+ accounts, and blogs. PROs will learn how to maximize their online presence using inexpensive target ads on Facebook and Google Ads.
PROs trained by VUU attend a week-long session at VUU (10:00–16:00), and continue the training online for a further one week. Successful completion of all parts of the course results in a certificate in “Social Media Management”. The programme is limited to 12 people per training session.
Managing a Moodle Server **
IT managers and senior technicians learn how to set up and customise their own Moodle server. This training is organised by VUU so that the best of Uganda’s IT experts share their Moodle knowledge. This capacity-building programme runs for four Saturdays at VUU and is limited to 14 participants. Follow-up support and trouble shooting are available on request.
Complete Package Training and Support: Transitioning from Paper-Based Delivery to Online Learning using Moodle **
VUU offers strategic, hands-on support to enable university departments make the transition from paper-based learning to online learning. There are two available options: fully online, multimedia-based in real time (synchronous) OR mixed modality as in a USB stick containing the full course materials presented as a leaning website (asynchronous).
In terms of synchronous learning, we upload your materials to your Moodle server and train your administrator to maintain and update the materials. We also train the lecturers who will be tutoring online. After training support and minor trouble-shooting can also be arranged where necessary. In terms of an asynchronous learning system, we build a complete learning system using the static Moodle system: Poodle. Further information is available on request.
Special: Universities who sign up for any of the training programmes offered by VUU, will receive an on-site half-day presentation session with the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Deans, and other senior managers of their institution. This presentation will familiarize the senior staff with the broad modalities of online learning and ensure they are familiar with the level of support necessary for their institution to enter into the area of eLearning.
**Price available on request; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.