To meet the constantly expanding demand for university education, public institutions across Africa are using e-learning strategies.
However, poor ICT skills have impeded the implementation of e-learning.
A four-person delegation from the University of Dar Es Salam in Tanzania has made a working visit to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s E-Learning Centre.
The tour was intended to familiarize the team with the usage of ICT in the delivery of the University’s main functions.
The E-Learning Centre’s mission is to use technology to assist high-quality teaching and learning at the institution.
It has developed a user-friendly interface that allows students to access course materials, take tests, and engage with professors.
Professor Eric Appau Asante, Director of the E-Learning Centre, says the center is considering offering a service to assist individuals in repurposing their content for online delivery.
“People have the mindset that they have been teaching for long. They see the e-learning idea to be too complicated to embrace. This is most common in our part of our world,” he revealed.
The Tanzanian delegation, led by Professor Eric Appau Asante, inspected the 23 E-Learning studios and a laboratory where video conferencing, proctoring, webinar series, virtual classrooms, e-counselling, and online teaching and learning take place.
He described how the facility’s instructional design, system, and service support units work together.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology aspires to be a center of excellence in E-learning.
This initiative is being supported by partners such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The Tanzanian team, lead by Professor Siasa Issa Mzensi, Director of Planning, Development, and Investment at the University of Dar Es Salaam, is optimistic about the two universities’ relationship.