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Agaba Joab Ezra defends his PhD thesis

Written by Friday, 29 September 2017 09:56 Published in Phd Programmes comment
 

Thesis Title Improving Reusability in Instructional Design: Adaptation of Learning Objects with Multi-format Assets

Supervisor Prof. Jude T. Lubega

 

Abstract

Instructional design is one of the key activities in every higher education e-learning environment.
There exists many instructional design models among which is the e-instructional model where the instructional content is made up of reusable learning objects. A reusable learning object in this case is a chuck of instructional content that can be used to achieve a single learning objective in a lesson or a course. A reusable learning object is made up of smaller chucks called assets which may be of different data types such as text, images, videos, among others. One of the ways through which the reusability of such learning objects can be improved in higher education instructional design is through adaptation. Learning object reusability in this case is the ability of a learning object to be used in multiple contexts for multiple purposes while learning object adaptation is the process of modifying an existing learning object in instructional design with the aim of achieving a new learning objective in the learning environment. The major challenge in learning object adaptation is that the available tools for adaptation are format-specific and can thus support adaptation of learning objects whose assets are of one particular data type, leaving out those learning objects with multi-format assets.
In this research, we investigate design issues that hinder reusability of learning objects in higher education instructional design and we propose approaches in which such design issues can be addressed. We study the current standard metadata structure of a higher education reusable learning object and propose new metadata elements aimed at improving reusability of such learning objects in higher education instructional design. We then take a positivism philosophical position and adopt a deductive research approach to develop a Model for Adaptation of Learning Objects with Multiformat Assets(MALOMA). The design and evaluation of this research artifact (MALOMA model) adopts the 3-cycle model of design science research as the key research method. This MALOMA model has been evaluated in four different phases using analytical evaluation methods and experiments while iteratively making refinements as required by the design-evaluate cycle of design science research.
The results of MALOMA model evaluation indicate that the reusability of learning objects with multiformat assets can be improved in higher education instructional design through adaptation. This adaptation can be done by first decomposing the RLO into its assets, then adapt the assets based on the instructional design requirements, and then assemble the adapted multi-format assets into a complete package of a reusable learning object. The adapted learning object can then be vetted by a subject expert(to either approve or reject it) for publication into the e-learning environment to improve quality in higher education instructional design.
Keywords: Instructional Design, Learning Object Reusability, Learning Object Adaptation.

 

 

 

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Software Engineering

Written by Thursday, 14 July 2011 09:26 Published in Phd Programmes comment

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Software Engineering


Software has become the driving force behind most new technologies. But the engineering of software is becoming increasingly complicated. A pragmatic approach to problem solving is the hallmark of a software engineer. A software engineer must balance a variety of competing factors, including functionality, quality, performance, safety, usability, time to market, and cost.The software engineering research pursues the discovery of principles and the development of technologies to support the engineering of large, complex software systems. The challenging targets for this work are organizations and software systems operating in the wide-area, heterogeneous, distributed, and decentralized context of wide-area networks such as the Internet. Research in scientific computing including scientific modeling is also undertaken.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Technology

Written by Thursday, 14 July 2011 09:23 Published in Phd Programmes comment

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Technology


Advances in Information Technology (IT) have dramatically transformed the way in which our entire society lives, works, learns, communicates, and does business. In particular, the conduct of science and engineering has been profoundly altered, so that it is possible today to work on problems in these areas at unprecedented levels of speed, precision, and detail. In education, IT has the potential to make available in the remotest corners of the earth the highest levels of learning, information, and analysis. To enhance the positive effects of these transformations, the research in IT explores new scientific, engineering, and educational areas in IT that enhance development.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Systems

Written by Thursday, 14 July 2011 09:21 Published in Phd Programmes comment

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Systems


The research in information systems focuses on areas such as theory and intellectual development of information systems in organizations, institutions, the economy and society.

It also focuses on other areas such as E-Governance: Internet governance, Database Design for Nationwide Information Systems, security and trust issues in e- governance, Public-private partnership for e-government, E-Filing for Content and Knowledge Management in Government, Application of Expert Systems in E-Governance, Impact of E-Governance in Decentralized District Administration, Electronic Voting in Developing Countries, Secure methods for Electronic Management of Student Academic Records in a tertiary institution, Systems Development for E-Government, E-tendering, A multi-level analysis of IT effectiveness in the Government, E-governance and Crime Analysis, Restructuring organizations in the era of e-governance, and E-Training in E-Governance.

A PhD in Information Systems has a minimum of 24 credit units for the two semesters in Year one.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science

Written by Thursday, 14 July 2011 09:19 Published in Phd Programmes comment

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science


The research in computer science focuses on areas such as human computer interaction, programming environments, distributed computing, natural computing, Logic in Computer Science, algorithms and complexity, algebraic specifications, formal languages, language-theoretic modelling, computational geometry, modelling and simulation, artificial intelligence and expert systems. Other research areas include: a. Bio-Informatics:
The research on applying computers in solving molecular biology problems (crosscutting problems) is on the increase. The research focuses on areas such as the development of new methods and programs aiming at solving molecular biology problems. This includes analysis of nucleotide and protein sequences and structures; work on problems within functional genomics and especially on the analysis of data on the activity of genes and gene products (proteins); general techniques from a variety of fields used, including algorithm development, formal languages, databases and knowledge technology.
b. Networks: The research focuses on areas such as Internet, network and computer security; the relationship between quality of service and e-commerce (e-business); network optimization; traffic management, compression and optimization; Pricing issues in multi-service networks; and network architectural design.

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PhD by Coursework and Research

Written by Thursday, 14 July 2011 09:15 Published in Phd Programmes comment
Research Process for PhD by Coursework and Research
     
 

For Doctoral students undergoing Research and coursework, a candidate must fulfill the general Makerere University entry requirements for a doctoral programme.
To be admitted to the PhD (Computer Science) a candidate must be a holder of a master's degree in computer science or any other master's degree with evidence of having taken acceptable prerequisite courses.
To be admitted to the PhD (Information Systems) a candidate must be a holder of a master's degree in information systems or any other master's degree with evidence of having taken acceptable prerequisite courses.
To be admitted to the PhD (Information Technology) a candidate must be a holder of a master's degree in information technology or any other master's degree with evidence of having taken acceptable prerequisite courses.
To be admitted to the PhD (Software Engineering) a candidate must be a holder of a master's degree in software engineering or any other master's degree with evidence of having taken acceptable prerequisite courses.

CONCEPT PAPER
During the first semester of the 1st year- a student is expected to have identified a research area in his/her field of study.
A student is expected to identify a researchable area and hand in a brief document of (5 pages maximum).Refer to Concept paper Template.

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The Concept Paper must have a title, statement of the Problem, objectives of the research, significance, justification, hypotheses, and minimal literature having stated the method in general you intend to use to answer your research questions. There should be a list of the minimal references used in your literature review.
A student is called to present their research idea to Higher Degrees and Research Committee. The Committee should take into consideration the following:
If the topic is researchable (statement of the problem especially)
If there is a suitable supervisor in the Faculty or elsewhere in the University, outside in Uganda or out of the Country.
Is the student suitably qualified to undertake the said study given the qualifications and any relevant publications if any.
Is there a possibility of the applicant being suitable and could be assigned another topic for research which could be developed into an acceptable research proposal
Does the University have suitable facilities to enable the applicant carry out their research work successfully? If not are there collaborative institutions where this could be done elsewhere.
Identify our staff who will assist the students develop a research proposal taking into consideration the existing capacity. Please note that, staff members who qualify to supervise PhDs must already have a PhD degree of at least two years duration/standing and may supervise up to 3 students at a time and not more than 5 Masters Degree students as well.

PROPOSAL
After consultation with the supervisor, the proposal (2 copies) is submitted to the Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee through Graduate Studies and Research Office during the second semester of the 1st academic year.
The Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee identify 2 external examiners to examine the proposal.
When 2 positive reports from the external examiners have been submitted to the Chairperson, Higher Degrees and Research, the student is invited to defend the proposal before the Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee. The defense should normally not exceed an hour.
After corrections are made, 3 Copies are submitted to Graduate Studies and Research Office with a letter from a supervisor certifying incorporation of all corrections to the proposal as recommended by the Vetter€„¢s and Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee also be sent to School of Graduate Studies. Refer to Proposal Approval Letter template
This is now an officially approved proposal subject to supervision and examination for the award of the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy. A student is then given a letter by the Graduate Studies and Research Office to that effect.
Progress Reports are presented every six months. Students are required to submit the first set of progress reports together with the approved proposal. Refer toProgress Report Form template

AFTER APPROVED PROPOSAL
Students notify with the letter Intent to submit Dissertation for Examination (template) to the School of Graduate Studies of their intention to submit their dissertation 2 weeks to submission.
Students then submit 4 spiral bound copies of their dissertation to the Faculty Graduate Studies and Research Office which thereafter are sent to School of Graduate Studies. Attached with them should be the letter, Notice of Submission of Dissertation for Examination (template)
At this point, students are required to submit the fourth set of progress reports together with the dissertation.

EXAMINATION PROCESS
The candidate should execute/defend the dissertation during the third year.
Examination of the dissertation is done within three months by the examiners and reports forwarded to the Director of School of Graduate Studies for confidentiality and quality assurance purposes.
When all reports are in and at least three of them are positive including those of the External Examiners, then a VIVAVOCE examination is held upon notifying the student. VIVAVOVE examination is for purposes of assessing the candidate€„¢s in-depth knowledge of his/her registered work and attach ownership to the dissertation.
When all reports are in and at least two of them are negative including that of the External Examiner, then the student is asked to resubmit dissertation for examination.
After examination, in case of revision/corrections being required, two of the internal examiners should be satisfied to the completeness of the exercise.
Incase of failure, the candidate may be advised to redo the work and resubmit for defense (VIVAVOCE) or to discontinue from the degree programme.

FINAL SUBMISSION OF PHD DISSERTATION

The candidate should submit the dissertation by the end of the sixth semester.
An award is recommended upon receipt of the letters from the supervisor/internal examiners ascertaining that all identified corrections in the dissertation have been affected to their satisfaction. (the template of the standard letter to be signed by the Supervisor/Internal Examiner)
Candidates can then go ahead and bind 4 copies of his/her dissertation in black colour with gold letters. The candidate must have paid up fully before graduation.
The 4 copies are then submitted to the Faculty Graduate Studies and Research Office with a soft copy of the abstract on floppy diskette and a CD ROM containing the Dissertation.

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PhD by Research only

Written by Thursday, 14 July 2011 09:07 Published in Phd Programmes comment
   
       
 

For Doctoral students undergoing Research only, a candidate must fulfill the general Makerere University entry requirements for a doctoral programme. An Applicant is considered for provisional admission upon submission of the following to School of Graduate Studies: (NB: Provisional Admission is for up to one year during which time a Full proposal must be developed, vetted and accepted by the Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee)

  • A filled in application form in duplicate

  • Academic credentials

  • Three referee letters

  • 3-5 page synopsis outlining the area of research interest. The synopsis must have a title, statement of the problem, objective(s) of the research, significance, justification, hypothesis and minimal literature having stated the method in general you intend to use to answer your research questions. There should be a list of the minimal references used in your literature review.

  • The application is accompanied by receipt as evidence of having paid application fees or any other evidence of having paid such money.

The Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee considers for Provisional admission taking into consideration the following:

  • If the topic is researchable (statement of the problem especially)

  • If there is a suitable supervisor in the Faculty or elsewhere in the University, outside in Uganda or out of the Country.

  • Is the student suitably qualified to undertake the said study given the qualifications and any relevant publications if any.

  • Is there a possibility of the applicant being suitable and could be assigned another topic for research if admitted which could be developed into an acceptable research proposal.

  • Does the University have suitable facilities to enable the applicant carry out their research work successfully? If not are there collaborative institutions where this could be done elsewhere.

  • Identify our staff who will assist the students develop a research proposal taking into consideration the existing capacity. Please note that, staff members who qualify to supervise PhDs must already have a PhD degree of at least two years duration/standing and may supervise up to 3 students at a time and not more than 5 Masters Degree students as well.

FULL ADMISSION (3YEARS)
For full admission to be granted the following have to be satisfied:

  1. 2 External Vetter€„¢s should have submitted their reports to the Chairman of the Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee.

  2. Proposal should have been presented to members of the Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee for their review at least 2 weeks in advance.

  3. Applicant is invited to defend the proposal before the Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee. The defense should normally not exceed an hour.

  4. Signed minutes by all members who attended the relevant Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee are forwarded to School of Graduate Studies.

  5. A corrected final proposal is forwarded to School of Graduate Studies by the chairperson Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee.

  6. A Letter from a supervisor certifying incorporation of all corrections to the proposal as recommended by the Vetter€„¢s and Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee also be sent to School of Graduate Studies. (Refer to template: Proposal Approval Letter)

  7. A receipt of having been paid up and registered for the PROVISIONAL ADMISSION period.

  8. FULL ADMISSION letter is prepared by the Director School of Graduate Studies for duration of 3 years effective from the date of the minutes of the Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee meeting recommending for full admission.

  9. Progress Reports must be submitted by the student and supervisor every 6 months before submission of the Thesis for examination. (Progress Reports forms)

AFTER APPROVED PROPOSAL

  1. Students notify the School of Graduate Studies of their intention to submit their thesis 2 weeks to submission. (refer to the template: letter of Intent to submit Thesis for Examination)

  2. School of Graduate Studies requests the Faculty Higher Degrees and Research Committee to nominate examiners and the Viva Voce Panel and thereafter appoints examiners (two External to the University and two Internal Examiners who have been the supervisors)

  3. Students then submit 4 spiral bound copies of their thesis to the Faculty Graduate Studies and Research Office which thereafter are sent to School of Graduate Studies. (Attached with them should be the letter; Notice of Submission of Thesis for Examination)

  4. Submission of Thesis is upon completion of at least two years of supervised work during full admission period.

  5. If a candidate is unable to submit after 3 years of full registration one may apply for extension of registration for a period of up to one year each for a maximum of 2 years, since maximum duration is for 5 years (Full time students) or maximum duration of 7 years of study (part time students).

EXAMINATION PROCESS

  1. Examination of the thesis is done within three months by the examiners and reports forwarded to the Director of School of Graduate Studies for confidentiality and quality assurance purposes.

  2. When all reports are in and at least two of them are positive including that of the External Examiner, then a VIVAVOCE examination is held upon notifying the student. VIVAVOVE examination is for purposes of assessing the candidate€„¢s in-depth knowledge of his/her registered work and attach ownership to the dissertation.

  3. After examination, in case of revision/corrections being required, one of the internal examiners should be satisfied to the completeness of the exercise.

  4. Incase of failure, the candidate may be advised to redo the work or to discontinue from the degree programme.

FINAL SUBMISSION OF PHD THESIS

  1. An award is recommended upon receipt of a letter from the supervisor/internal examiner ascertaining that all identified corrections in the dissertation, have been effected to his/her satisfaction. (Refer to the template; standard letter to be signed by the Supervisor/Internal Examiner)

  2. The candidate can then go ahead and bind 4 copies of his/her thesis in black colour with gold letters. The candidate must have paid up fully before graduation.

  3. The 4 copies are then submitted to the Faculty Graduate Studies and Research Office with a soft copy of the abstract on floppy and a CD containing the Thesis
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