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					Implementation of e-
learning at UDSM


     By Dr. H. Twaakyondo
         Director CVL

       December 2008
Objectives:
Objective of this presentation is to share with
  you the following:-
 Background and trends of e-learning at
  UDSM
 Educational technology policies, strategies
 Current Projects and Plans
 Challenges facing e-learning implementation
 Introduction
E-learning can be defined as "using electronic
  applications and processes to learn. e-learning
  applications and processes include Web-based
  learning, computer-based learning, virtual
  classrooms and digital collaboration. Content is
  delivered via the Internet, intranet/extranet,
  audio or video tape, satellite TV, and CD-ROM.
  ".
 In recent years, e-learning has become a policy
  option for many developed and developing
  countries including UDSM
Introduction

Why?:
 The need to meet new learner styles
 The need to reduce training cost per students
 Increased demand of access to Higher
  educations.
Admissions at UDSM
              Applied        Registered    % Registered
2002/03       6,171          3,423         55%
2003/04       6,036          3,582         59%
2004/05       8,616          4,264         43%
2005/06       17,164         4,475         26%
2006/07       15,185         7,049         46%
Source: UDSM Facts and Figures 2006/2007
Efforts made by UDSM

 Improve ICT infrastructure
     put in place the fiber optic backbone,
      networked all UDSM units including the
      UCLAS / AU and MUCHS/MUHAS
     Provision of video conferencing facilities
     Establishment of several computer labs in all
      faculties and some departments
     connect the University network to the Interne
  Efforts made by UDSM

 Train end users and technical staff to effectively
  use and manage the ICT facilities/applications
 Establishment of FIVE/CVL
      Role of CVL---- responsible to spearhead and
       coordinate all ODeL oriented activities at the
       University level.
   
Structure of CVL
                       (DVC-ACADEMICS)


                            DEAN


                           DIRECTOR

     DEPUTY DIRECTOR                          STEERING COMMITTEE




                                           COORDINATOR
      COORDINATOR          COORDINATOR
                                           EVLP SECTION
      UDVLP SECTION        VLT SECTION




   INSTRUCTIONAL              MULTIMEDIA    DISSEMINATION
   DESIGN UNIT (IDU)         LABORATORY       UNIT (DDU)
E- learning initiatives at UDSM
 activities were observed since 1998 where
  UDSM embarked on a TEIL programme to
  integrate ICT in teaching and learning
 Blackboard software adopted in 1998
 By 2006, approximately 35% of all academic
  staff have been trained to use Blackboard
E- learning initiatives at UDSM
 Two pilot blended programmes (CCS and
  PGDE) were launched in 2005.
 Other factors considered by UDSM for e-
  learning delivery includes;
     Increase bandwidth(7.5 Mbps downlink, 1.5
      Mbps uplink)
     Establishment of wireless access points
     Establishment of digital library
E- learning initiatives [Collaboration
with external Universities]
 RMIT
     Provision of Bsc Computer
     Provision of Diploma computer Science
 Curtin University
   Provision of BBA
   Provision opf Diploma in Business
    administration
 Nettel@Africa programme
   Through FCM to offer PGD in ICT, policy and
    regulation
  E- learning initiatives at UDSM

 Currently, UDSM has adopted Moodle Learning
  Management System (LMS)
 The software has replaced Blackboard, which is
  a commercial platform.
 Moreover UDSM is in process of establishing
  upcountry e-learning programmes for BBA,
  PGDE and PGDEM
 Mwanza has been chosen as the first ODeL
  center
Educational technology policies,
strategies
   Efforts to established e-learning operational policy
    (draft document in place)
   UDSM ICT master plan (2007)
   CVL Strategic Plan in place (2007 – 2012).The
    Strategy has five broad areas of concentration;
         Assist UDSM faculties and affiliated collages on e-
          leaning issues
         Course development for e-delivery.
         Provision/ delivery of e-programmes
         LMS Management
         Research of e-learning developments
Current Projects and Plans
 EUCTL
     Enhancing University Teaching and Learning Capacity through the
      ICT- mediated Distance Learning Mode
     Sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York (2007 -2009)
     Establishment of three distance online programmes
      (PGDE,PGDEM and BBA)
 CUUEP
     CREATING UDSM E-CONTENT WAREHOUSE THROUGH E-
      PEDAGOGY SPONSERED BY THE WORLD BANK. (2008 -2012)
     BUILDING OF THREE ODEL CENTRERS
     DEVELOPMENT OF E-CONTENT FOR THREE PROGRAMMES
Challenges for ODeL Delivery in TZ
 Adequacy of ICT Infrastructure
 Bandwidth barriers (cost)
 Recognition of e-programmes By TCU
 Low ICT awareness in the society
 Reliance of foreign funding
 Fast technological advancement
 Challenges for ODeL Delivery in TZ
 Financial limitations for the majority of local
  investors to enter the ICT arena
 Negative attitude towards e-learning
 Limited experts in the field
 Unavailability of relevant ODeL policies
Conclusion
 Sharing knowledge and experience is vital for
  success of e-learning at UDSM
 Best practices and strategies in the area of e-
  learning should be adopted

				
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