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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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.

Open Source Software

VUU supports the use of Open Source Software

“Nearly 15 years since the term “open source” was first applied, the trends driving the open source movement are not the same. Back then, price advantage, direct differentiation on licensing versus proprietary software, adoption-led marketing by innovative entrepreneurs, and market reaction against an ever more abusive monopolist were key factors shaping the direction of open source.

Today’s open source movement is more mature, and the trends underlining it are more nuanced and widely engaged. The revolution has had a meaningful impact, and to treat open source as if it is still about saving a few bucks on a software license or socking it to Microsoft is to misunderstand how far the open source movement has come.

The following five trends are key drivers of today’s open source communities and projects. From governance to emerging revenue models, they paint a picture of an industry evolving to see the value of the freedoms at the heart of the open source movement.”

Read more at:

http://features.techworld.com/operating-systems/3405644/5-key-forces-driving-open-source-today/

Open Access Publishing

VUU has made a platform available for Open Access publications. We are currently seeking papers on all aspects of development, public health, and icts for development.

Visit our site at: http://openaccess.virtualuni.ac.ug/

You can also visit our open access collection on our website at: http://www.virtualuni.ac.ug

VUU and Technology

VUU presented at Techfest on Friday and received very positive feedback about our new university. It seems like we are all singing from the same songsheet: using social networking, Free Open Source Software, using cloud-based applications so that the back end is taken care of and the front end is easy to use …. I could go on. Thanks to Kyle, Simon, Ashis, and Daniel for making this event happen. Visit Techfest 2011 online to view the presentations.