An e-learning course for teachers in developing countries has been launched by charity Computer Aid International to help professors to administer online learning tools to their students.
The organisation has created the course for 50 lecturers and university staff living and working in Ethiopia so they can teach their students about information technology and boost their understanding of modern, online content.
The lectures will take place at Mekelle University and participants will learn how to use an online learning system called Moodle, which has been adopted by many universities across the UK. The clever system allows students to access course information, seminars, tutorials, reading lists and videos from wherever they can find a reliable internet connection.They can also keep in contact with others on the same course, communicate with like-minded students and submit assignments.
Training facilitator, Peter Kilcoyne said: “Mekelle has great provisions for developing its e-learning program. The lecturers who are attending the course are hugely enthusiastic about gaining the skills to use Moodle. I am very confident that following on from this course they will develop some excellent online learning provisions.”
Mekelle university is planning on offering 75% of its courses on Moodle by 2016.
Computer Aid International works to provide free IT equipment to developing countries to empower poor and disadvantaged communities. Its ethos is to build a world where the rich and the poor have equal access to ICT.
The charity takes on donations of computer screens, keyboards, printers and other related items from individuals, groups and larger organisations that have either updated their current ICT system or have no need for the one they are using.