UCU’s eLearning Journey through the Lockdown

By Blessing Twine

 

The Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 saw the closure of higher institutions of learning. Like many entities, Uganda Christian University (UCU) expected a short stay home period of about two months but when that didn’t happen, UCU set course to find alternative means of learning.

“We have since uploaded courses, and delivered lectures both in and out of Uganda, said Rev. Jessica Hughes, UCU’s Acting eLearning Manager.

Dr. Stephen Kyakulumbye, the team leader of ODeL, added that the University started online learning in 2014 and it has never looked back. 

He said the University hosted the National Council for Higher Education under the emergency ODeL guidelines and UCU was applauded for taking lead in eLearning. 

“We can assure you that almost 95% adoption has been realized because lecturers can upload their teaching materials and students are able to submit assignments,” he said. 

A 3rd Year Mass Communication student, Grace Bisoke, commended the University for taking the unfamiliar path.

“We took the bull by the horn, did deeper research and studies and this has made us feel like we are studying in Harvard.”

Phillips Odwokachen, a lecturer of Political Science and Governance, thanked the University for its bravery in times of a pandemic. 

Lauren Nabukenya, a first year student of Human Resource Management, said that online studies have given her the best experience. I didn’t know how to use a laptop but this experience has exposed me to it. 

With this shift away from total face-to-face sessions, UCU is determined to sustain eLearning.

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