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Mak-Sida Annual Review Meeting 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:29

The Makerere University-SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) Annual Review Meeting (ARM) under the theme "Multidisciplinary Research for Social Transformation” visited the College of Computing and IS to review the following projects;

  • Training for Sustainable Spatially Enabled e-Services Delivery in Uganda (TSSEED). This project supports students to train along the themes of: spatial predictive modeling for prevalence of infectious diseases, epidemiology intervention without location, a public participatory GIS for planning e- services for solid waste management, Spatial-temporal modeling of nodding syndrome and spatial temporal Modeling of Mobile Microscopic Diseases. (Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga).
  • Empowerment for Strengthen Research Capacity in Library and Information Science education to support Knowledge and Information Production and Sharing for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation and Development in Uganda. (Principal Investigator; Dr. William Kiyingi).
  • Building Research Capacity in Innovative Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) for Sustainable Socio-economic Growth in Uganda. (Principal Investigator; Assoc. Prof. Engineer Bainomugisha).

The meeting was scheduled with the aim of discussing the current status/progress of the above-mentioned projects. This was achieved through getting feedback from the relevant stakeholders (i.e. Principal Investigator’s, Ph.D. student etc.) regarding challenges, successes, and any other issues faced over the past year.

The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED), through the Competitiveness and Investment Climate Strategy (CICS) secretariat, in partnership with Makerere University, College of Computing and Information Science (COCIS) following a stakeholders meeting in July 2016 finally launched the Makerere Innovation and Incubation Centre on 5th October 2017.
The aim of the Centre is to provide a vehicle for nurturing talent in products development using ICT/BPO, bridging the gap between the innovators/investors/consumers, and providing mentorship for creative developers interested in finding solutions to the many challenges faced in the country.
Present during the launch were the Guest of Honor Dr. Ajedra Gabriel (Finance State Minister for General Duties), Dr. Peter Ngategize (National Coordinator, Ministry of Finance), Assoc. Prof. Eria Hisali (Principal, College of Business and Management Sciences), Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, College of Computing and IS) and other invited guests. During his speech Assoc. Prof. Eria Hisali representing the Vice Chancellor (Makerere University) thanked government for their support specifically to the ICT sector and reiterated that the innovations developed will address challenges faced in the areas of Education, Health and Agriculture.
After several other speeches by key stakeholders the launch of the Centre officially closed with a cocktail that gave invited guests the opportunity to network and meet and greet.

KERIS - Solar School Project

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 06:11

The College of Computing and IS, Makerere University in partnership with KERIS and the Solar School Project conducted a one-week ICT skills training for secondary school teachers. The training which took place between the 4th and 8th September 2017 was hosted at the School of Computing and IT. The training was conducted to provide basic training and strengthening of ICT skills to 40 secondary school teachers on the premises of;

  • The current MOU that was signed by both Ministry of Education in Korea and Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda.
  • Fostering teachers’ capabilities for the 21st digital age by conducting training workshop here in Uganda.
  • Further developing the Education Support Project using Solar Powered Internet School Project and E-Learning Centre currently in the demo phase at Mackay Memorial College and Nsangi Secondary School respectively.

The training was presided over by Prof. C. Okello-Obura, Dr. A. Rwashana, and Dr. E. Kahiigi as the technical team from CoCIS and Dr. Young Sukh Suh leading the team from KERIS. The training took the teachers through various topics ranging from Introduction to computers, Word processing, Databases, Open education resources, and online-based collaborative learning. The facilitators of the training were expert ICT instructors from the Centre of Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) namely; Ms. Grace Lubega and Mr. Chris Kaduyi. The Centre is a department within the College that handles the training of ICT professional short courses.
At the end of the training certificates were issued to all participants and during the closing ceremony, Mr. Lwazi Robinson (Director of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Sports) said that, "the ICT skills gained during the one-week training should be used to improve the way the teachers teach and should be shared with those that were not able to attend the training.” 

 

 

 

GIS Training

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 13:19

2-Day Training in GIS

Under the Training for Sustainable Spatially Enabled e-Services Delivery in Uganda SIDA Project No. 321, a short course on Geographical Information Systems is being offered to Ph.D. students from different College’s at Makerere University. The aim is to give general introduction to GIS and the different applications where it can be used for e.g. health and disaster management. The training is funded by SIDA and the facilitation team is from the GIS Centre, Lund University, Sweden.

 

Agaba Joab Ezra defends his PhD thesis

Friday, 29 September 2017 09:56
 

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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