Block A, Centre House
Wednesday 20th June 2012
Lecturers and staff from four universities across Ethiopia are receiving computer training thanks to the work of a UK charity.
In total, 50 people will take the Moodle e-learning course which can be used to link students to online resources which can help their studies.
The course is funded by Computer Aid International and delivered in partnership with Worcester College of Technology.
It is being hosted at Mekelle University, in Ethiopia's Tigray District, with lecturers from Aksum, Samara and Jimma universities are also taking part.
Moodle allows instructors to support their courses by linking students to online resources such as handouts, websites, and YouTube videos; engaging students in online debates, and setting assignments which the students can submit online.
A spokesman for Computer Aid, which is based in Brunswick Way, north London, said: "Computer Aid has chosen to partner with Mekelle on this first-of-its-kind training in Ethiopia as we have been working with the university for several years providing computers to build up the university's IT resource for students and staff.
"Mekelle has embarked upon an ambitious scale up of its e-learning programme and aims to have 75% of its course offering on Moodle by 2016. Our training comes at the perfect time to expose a broad cross-section of faculty and staff to the Moodle software."
The step-by-step ICT skill-building course guides participants through the practical use of Moodle.
Training facilitator Peter Kilcoyne, information and learning technology director at Worcester College of Technology, 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."
The training will end with a ceremony led by Computer Aid chief executive officer Tom Davis on June 22.
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