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E-learning for universities in developing countries

IT Learning Center (work package leaders) , Senior Advisor Peter Furu (furu@sund.ku.dk) and E-learning Consultant Henrik Bregnhøj (henrikb@sund.ku.dk), has worked together with Ghanaian partner universities from June 2012 to July 2013 on assessing their existing e-learning environment, to determine feasible ways of implementing more e-learning in their future PhD training.

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The two universities, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and University of Ghana (UoG), has among other, an overall development objective to strengthen their research education programme. The future goal of both universities is to develop crosscutting and compulsory PhD courses. In this context, e-learning is seen as an efficient tool to  deliver high quality teaching and to provide flexible access to the learning material for teachers and students.

The assignment was part of the Building Stronger Universities (BSU) partnership program. BSU is a partnership between research and higher education institutions in developing countries and Danish universities focusing on strengthening research capacities, educational capacities and dissemination of research results. The programme ran from 2011 to 2013 and financed by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more about the program.

The assessment was based on four focal points:

  • Management support, policies and strategy
  • ICT infrastructure and LMS
  • PhD students´ attitude towards e-learning
  • E-learning experiences to build upon

The findings showed that both universities are ready to take the next steps in implementing more e-learning as a way to strengthen their research education programmes. Even though power cuts occurs frequently, the technical infrastructure is sufficient to support e-learning, and both institutions have competent staff and interesting cases and experiences to build future e-learning activities upon.

Three recommendations were identified with an eye for BSUs limited mandate and budget. The focus is on creating a solid foundation for a wider integration of learning technologies in the teaching and primarily on activities that can be implemented within short-term. The results of these suggested activities should go into the design of any long-term initiatives. The recommendations are thought as parallel activities:

  1. Create a supportive organisational environment
  2. Build an e-learning support team
  3. Conduct pilot courses to identify a good, specific and sustainable practices for implementing e-learning

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