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Welcome to the seminar: Using Alternative Learning Mode (ALM) in Engaging Students at the University of Sierra Leone During the Ebola Outbreak. We look forward to an inspiring and thought-provoking presentation and interactions. Please tell us a little about yourself – who you are, where you’re from and where you’re sitting right now.
Hello Nompilo and everyone! I am Dr Sipho Shongwe from Swaziland. I am a lecturer at the University of Swaziland. My apologies, I missed the live discussion due to slow internet connections, which is one of the major challenges we are facing in implementing any ALM. But I am learning lessons from this seminar….I am actively listening!
Hi everyone, I hope you are still there, engaged. I am Jerome Terpase Dooga, an elearning enthusiast from the University of Jos. I am in my study, at home reading through all the posts, and listening to Dr Steven’s incredible presentation. What innovation! What courage! I must say kudos to the management of the University of Sierra Leone for supporting him in the efforts to set things up in such a short time. Often, bright ideas are scuttled by the poor response from top management, leading to frustration and resignation to status quo.
What really amazed me is how the ALM project was supported and made a success by everybody involved including the academics and top management who most times are usually responsible for the failure of most innovations. Many at times academics who are digital immigrants with phobia for technology are usually apathetic to the use of technology in facilitating teaching. But, I think those people in sierra Leone have no option because of the Ebola crisis. After all nobody wants to die. The question now is should we wait until there is crisis before we embraced what is beneficial.
I hope academics and institutions across Africa would learn from this and begin to take a proactive step towards deploying technology fully in the education sector. The benefits derivable from it cannot be quantified.
Thank you for the invitation to participate in this forum from my lounge room in Australia. I have spent some time in Tanzania and will be returning soon with my two children Nzige and Lilly to meet their Tanzanian family face to face. This trip is part of a tour sponsored by the Australian Government. I applied for a scholarship to research emerging technologies and suggested that Africa was the place to go. Thank fully my proposal was accepted so I will be travelling to Johannesburg , Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam. I am keen to hear what is happening and will prepare a report for our government on my return.
As an experienced eLearning designer with a focus on diversity and motivation for learning, I see the vision of a future where children can access quality learning materials through tablet devices. I am volunteering with a project to contribute my skills toward making this a reality sooner rather than later. The concepts are in the early stages so I invite people to contact me to provide suggestions and collaborate in developing content that is localised and personalised.
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