Education Innovation Africa

Professor Deirdre Carabine attended the Education Innovation Africa Conference in Nairobi last week. She was a panelist speaking about the future of mobile learning on the African continent. It was an exciting topic and generated a lot of discussion from the attendees (around 120 experts in the delivery of education at all levels). Her main point was that while the future of mobile learning is certainly clear, stakeholders are coming to appreciate its benefits rather slowly. All panelists spoke convincingly about the need to sensitize more people about the benefits of learning online rather than in the traditional brick and motor institution that is becoming increasingly expensive. You can visit the conference website at: http://www.educationinnovationafrica.com/.

 

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Here at Virtual University of Uganda, we think we are finally beginning to make inroads into the market for mobile learning as more professionals are coming to appreciate its benefits. A very powerful example of the flexibility of mobile learning: three weeks ago one of our Kenyan students had to leave the Live Classroom halfway through the discussion because he had to catch a flight from Nairobi to Mombassa. Ten minutes later he was back “in class” in the taxi to the airport via his smart phone!

Visit our website to find out more about us and what we do; and read about our approach to online learning at our Open Access Publications site.

eLearning in Africa

Although Virtual University of Uganda will not be attending this year’s eLearning Africa Conference, we are making sure to keep up with all the latest news and innovations on the elearning scene. We know we are at the cutting edge of online teaching and learning on the continent, and we are proud to be spear-heading this development. We have just completed our Strategic Plan for the next 5 years and are pleased to announce that we will be adding two new specializations to the Executive MBA programme: Tourism and Hospitality Management and Health Services Management. These are in addition to our already-existing Oil and Gas specialization. Indeed we have come a long way from chalk and talk to click and learn!

You can keep up with all the recent news at: http://ela-newsportal.com/

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Behind the scenes at Virtual University of Uganda

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Virtual University of Uganda (VUU) was granted a licence from the Uganda National Council for Higher Education in 2011, and we have been growing steadily since. We are proud to be pioneering elearning in Uganda and the region, and we are gradually becoming more well known even outside the continent. We had our first graduation in July and it was a colourful and happy occasion presided over by our Chancellor Lady Justice Flavia Senoga Anglin. Our friends on Facebook number almost 27,000, and we are also very visible on Twitter and Google+.

Our students come from, among other places, Uganda, the Philippines, the UK, Belgium, Tanzania, Malawi, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Burundi, and Kenya, including a number of Ugandan professionals living abroad). Our staff are sourced globally, regionally, and nationally and represent Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Uganda, Tanzania, Cameron, Italy, and Bolivia. We are a hard-working group and undertake all our tasks with professionalism and integrity.

Our Vice Chancellor is the veteran Belgian educationalist Professor Dr Michel Lejeune. He studied in Belgium, Oxford, and Canada, and holds two PhD degrees from Louvain. Having been a high court judge in Belgium, he was the founder Vice Chancellor at Uganda Martyrs University, and later the Deputy Executive Director at the Uganda National Council for Higher Education.  Those of you who know him, will remember that he is uncompromising about quality in higher education.

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Second in command is Professor Dr Deirdre Carabine, Director of Programmes (Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs). She studied in Belfast, Paris, Munich, and Dublin, and is also the holder of two PhDs. She came to Uganda in 1993 to work at Uganda Martyrs University, and by the time she left, she was Deputy Vice Chancellor (AA), having also headed the Institute of Ethics and Development Studies and set up the School of Postgraduate Studies. She then founded International Health Sciences University before moving on to become founder Vice Chancellor at Virtual University of Uganda. She is passionate about online learning and has overall responsibility to ensure that all teaching and learning materials are of the best possible quality. She is also chief editor for the VUU Open Access Resources Series.

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The Chairman of our Board of Trustees is Professor Dr Charles Olweny, senior oncologist and educationalist, and previously VC at Uganda Martyrs University; the Chairman of our University Governing Council is Professor Dr Patrick Mangheni, formerly CEO of RENU, the Research and Education Network of Uganda. The other members of our full-time staff include Ms Lindo Victoria Ndagire, University Secretary in the Registry, and Mr Vincent Oloya in the Finance Office. All other staff members are contracted to teach courses in their areas of expertise. Our current programme leaders are Dr Ashis Brahma (Holland), Professor Adalbertus Kamanzi (Tanzania), Drs Arjan de Jaeger (The Netherlands), and Drs Jimmy Opoka (Uganda). I think you will agree that we are a diverse but well-qualified team.

It is because we have a very sleek physical infrastructure that we can concentrate on quality multi-media materials that make the student learning experience more enjoyable. This is what our Learning Platform looks like:

Moodle

You simply log on, go to your classroom, and learn! Simple. And we are always on hand to help you. We are proud of the fact that we offer premier student support both within and outside traditional office hours. So you do not have to travel to the university EVER: except perhaps if you wish to attend graduation! All registration, learning, Live Classes, and examinations are done online. All you need is a reliable internet connection. No more traffic jams as you struggle to reach the university at 6.00pm four evenings a week! Learn while you earn, as we say, and, most conveniently, learn at your own pace and in your own place!

If you would like to be part of this revolution in learning, visit our website to find out more about us. Currently, we offer Master’s degrees in Public Health, ICT4Development, Executive MBA (with Oil and Gas specialization and Hospitality Management coming soon), and MA International Development. We also offer a number of free online course each year (called LOOCs — Little Open Online Courses). These lead to postgraduate certification. We also offer training programmes for university staff who wish to learn how to be an online lecturer or how to manage an eLearning Platform.

To contact us, visit the website,  phone Victoria on +256 312 202137 or +256 772 202137, or mail Victoria at infovuu@virtualuni.ac.ug. You can also call in to our campus at 425 Zzimwe (Church) Road, Muyenga, Kampala (opposite Tankhill Parade).

We look forward to welcoming you as our student!

Virtual Classrooms

Visit us today online to find out more about the postgraduate programmes we offer and how you could study online wherever you are in the world.

A virtual classroom for the 21st century.

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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.

Teaching and Learning Online

Teaching online may well be the future for most academics worldwide. However, transitioning to an online or mixed-mode way of teaching and learning can be difficult: old mind-sets are hard to change. We are all used to the 1 teacher – 100 students (or more) scenario, teaching (or dictating) for 1 timetable hour in 1 classroom with a black (or white) board and, perhaps, a projector for the ubiquitous powerpoint presentation!

But times are fast changing. While it is difficult for many institutions to bring elearning on board — staff and student resistance and fear, inadequate resources, lack of IT skills, poor support from management …. we at VUU believe that the time is now to take the plunge. We have launched three postgraduate programmes entirely online, and while it has not all been plain sailing, it has worked! Our students are full elearning students.

Having been there and done that, so to speak, we at VUU now want to share our knowledge and experiences. To this end, we are organizing a series of training programmes for third-level institutions and their staff. The first of these is on eTutoring. Should you wish to take this course (or you know someone who might be interested), please visit our Academic Website for more details and access to the online Application Form.

www. virtualuni.ac.ug/vuu-corporate-academy/