December 3, 2021


A new Publication: “Effective Coaching Through Webinar Integrated Tools: A Research-Based Chapter for Promoting Active Learning in Online Environments,”

By Jimmy Siyasa

This is a publication by Dr. Stephen Kyakulumbye, a senior lecturer and scholar at the Uganda Christian University (UCU) School of Business. It makes the Chapter Ten (10) In Hunaiti Z (2021) Coaching Applications and Effectiveness in Higher Education, published by IGI Global, 2021.


Webinars are very powerful yet less used strategies for building the capacity of teachers to improve their pedagogical and andragogical practice, let alone to be used by teachers to offer education to their learners. The classroom learning environment has evolved to meet the needs of today and tomorrow by providing students with access to technology and online resources that support instruction especially during times when face-to-face interactions are impossible. This chapter offers research-based experience for the limitations and framework solution for effectively applying webinar through integrative tools as a framework for coaching educationists to promote active learning in blended environments. This chapter proposes an implementation framework based on a situation awareness model within empathetic participatory design principles. This model results in empowering and motivational outcomes for the instructors to extend the application of the use of the webinar tools among their fellow instructors.

Dr. Kyakulumbye holds a Master’s in Project Management and a Post-graduate diploma (both aligned to ICT) from the Uganda Management Institute. His bachelor’s degree, attained at Nkumba University in Uganda, was in computing education.

He is a registered Graduate Educator by Uganda’s Ministry of Education and Sports. A well-published scholar, Kyakulumbye chairs the UCU Research Ethics Committee, a body that plays the oversight of research involving humans as research participants in Uganda. 

‘Canons’ to face ‘Blazers’ in first ‘Power’ invitational tournament final

By Ian Asabo

The UCU Canons will face the Namugongo Blazers in the final of the first Betway Power invitational tournament final. They beat the Falcons 75-53 in the semi-final held at YMCA court in Wandegeya to book their ticket for the final game this coming Saturday (04 December), against the Blazers.

The Namugongo blazers, on the other hand, downed the UPDF Tomahawks 79-55 in a blowout win in the other semi-final that signaled their intent on winning their championship.

The UCU Canons are in sparkling form, which places the team as clear favourites for the final, which has seen them compete in two tournaments at the same time, and keep at 100% in all of their games.

They recently won the 3×3 Afro Varsity tournament held in Nairobi which guaranteed the team the chance to represent Africa in the World Cup in October 2022. The ‘Canons’ defeated the UPDF Tomahawks, Takan Lokeris, and the Falcons on their road to the final.

UCU Canons in action in the semi-finals. Photo/ Courtesy.

Team Captain and Forward Titus Lual predicts a very competitive encounter, but is very confident that the team will win the game and be crowned champions. “ The Final against the Blazers will be a very competitive game with both teams leaving it on the line, but I am very confident that the team will be able to get the dub”, he says.

Betway Power organized the tournament in order to remember the lives lost of those who were influential in developing the game during the pandemic.

Betway Power General Manager, Allan Musoke said the tournament is being held in honor of key stakeholders in the Uganda Basketball fraternity, such as Isaac Bagenda, who have, since, passed to glory. “We have lost many people in the basketball fraternity, so through this tournament, we want to honour them for their contribution to the sport”, he said.

The winner of the tournament will take home Shs2m, while the first and second runners up will pocket Shs 1.5m and Shs. 500,000, respectively.