E-Learning is an approach to Teaching and Learning Technologies that uses technology to achieve and enhance Teaching and Learning . The lack of resources at Universities to train educators on how to utilize instructional technology is a challenge. One solution would be the implementation of a self-paced, blended learning course designed for educators. So that University of Gondar implements an E-learning system (website) to enhance and facilitate the teaching and learning process.
This website is designed to help you explore the possibilities of using technology in your learning and teaching. It will support and inform your use of technology, particularly Moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment.
In UoG E-learning teams are working to develop and support a digitally rich teaching and learning environment to extend and enhance the effectiveness and reputation of the UoG teaching and learning community.
A recurring theme in the background research was that of fluidity – of spaces, devices technologies and modes of learning – and of the changing nature of boundaries both within and beyond the institution. The following lists below looks at how technology can contribute in this environment, and can empower the learner, giving them more control of and responsibility for their learning and development.
1. Raising UoG’s profile as a national educational leader – technology will make the voices and ideas of UoG experts available to a global audience, enhancing the digital identity of UoG as provider of both excellent research and education. Distance learning and continuing professional development programs will increase our national presence, highlight our unique expertise and connect to new audiences. Open educational resources will enhance our educational identity and profile.
2. Connecting students, academics and ideas – technology will increase opportunities for students to connect and interact with each other and with academic staff, to learn about their work, and to foster collaboration across the institution and beyond. Technology will also help build links with communities and enable input from the public, alumni and employers.
3. Opening education within UoG – online courses and resources will where possible be opened to students across the institution supporting a more interdisciplinary experience, and a stronger sense of UoG’s leading edge research; technology is uniquely able to do this.
4. Preparing students and staff for the future – students and staff will be supported in developing the skills and literacy’s needed to thrive in new and evolving learning and working environments.
5. Technology-enabled learning spaces and places – the UoG campus will accommodate diversity in teaching and learning approaches, including traditional lecturing, facilitated group work, project activity, individual working and social spaces with integrated technologies and support for bring-your-own devices.
6. Seamless use of technology – students and staff will be able to use a range of institutional technologies together with their own choice of devices and external services to create their own ‘personal learning/working environment’ for study, collaboration and communication.
Roles and responsibilities of e-learning staff
Designing and Implement E-learning infrastructure and Work with the academic departments for course material preparation and uploading.
Positions in E-learning milestone:-
- Teaching and Learning Technologies group leader
- Junior E-learning Administrator
- Web Admin
- Content Developer
What contents are available now?
- The design and implementation of the website is finished ;
- 5 course contents assembled and packaged by Jhpiego, which are useful for college of Medicine and health science, are integrated with our e-learning site. The following are list of the courses
- Infection prevention
- Anti retroviral treatment
- Tuberculosis and HIV
- Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV
- Provider initiative HIV counseling and testing
- One sample course content is also prepared and integrated by ICT E-learning experts.
This is the screen shot of the E-learning site. You can access this site using the following address http://elearning.uog.local in side any of the campuses.
The next plan is in this year (2014) our strategy 1st quarter discuses with faculty deans and teachers about how to set up course contents, 2nd quarter we will start load the course contents of different department, 3rd and 4th quarter 60% of the courses in the university is to be available in the e-learning site.
Video Conference and Smart class room Solutions
This section is responsible for centrally managing the Digital signage , smart class room and video conferencing services, which includes managing the contents to be displayed on the screen and signage’s and Big Sony screens, to ensure the operations of all these equipments on a continues basis. We have three basic projects under this:-
The Digital Signage’s;
These are the LCD technologies that we use to display content such as digital images, video, streaming media, and information which are Centrally managed by the VBrick Portal Server Physically Located at the Data center. With the project not finished yet, and over 5 signage’s are to be added yet we have 11 Signage’s and are found in various parts of our three main campuses; Tewodros, CHMS and Maraki.
- Partial view of our Digital signage’s in Tewodros Campus;
- Partial view of our digital signage’s in Maraki and CMHS Campuses;
- The big Sony Screen which is part of the digital signage project located at the main gate of Tewodros Campus