Dr. Ndawula Stephen (PhD Educational Communication & Technology)

Welcome Message from the Director (ODeL)

You are welcome to ODeL. This page will precisely a highlight of the ODeL Centre in KyU. This is a centre that coordinates and manages Open, Distance and e-Learning. In Kyambogo University, this Centre was inaugurated in 2007 with the help of the African Virtual University (AVU) under the African Development Bank (ADB). It is the intention of the University to employ a distance learning mode of delivery, alongside the traditional face -to- face based courses. ODeL mode is an alternative to students who would not wish to leave their homes or workplaces in order to peruse full-time studies.

We are all aware that training at higher education is continually becoming more complex with the need to increasingly apply ICT in diverse academic tasks. The strategic integration of ICT is expected to improve access and equity to, and quality and relevance of education.

ODeL has adopted an appropriate instructional design system. We have uploaded content on the deployed university Learning Management System (LMS) to solve some pedagogical problems and ensure interactivity that involves our trainees. It is my presumption that the LMS will attract more students’ enrolment since the displayed material is carefully chosen.

Our courses have been developed in a way that suits the already working students, intending to upgrade but without asking for study leave. The courses give the opportunity to potential learners to get on their study programs even when they are away from the physical classrooms, without direct interruptions in their day to day activities. The mode of delivery is by e-technologies that reach learners at a distance, though with limited face to face sessions.

ODeL’s activities revolve around a philosophy, “Removing barriers to enable individuals to access education, when they want and where they want”. It is on this premise that we have registered success in the following areas: –

  • Interactive e-instruction, where classroom-based activities are carried out from studio-based the centre.
  •  Open learning systems using the university Learning Management System (LMS).
  • Web-based communication used to update the teaching with relevant pedagogical materials.

ODeL already has courses on the website to reinforce the face to face lectures. This online platform provides a good number of tools that could be exploited to raise interactivity in and out of class. No doubt that this will bring the whole class into real interaction prompted by you the ODeL lecturers. This is where I am appealing to you. My hope highly relies on the staff’s input. Staff’s use of LMS offers better facilities to student teachers to study online and interact with each other synchronously or asynchronously.

The mode encompasses. You will realize that our e-modules are user-friendly as we select aspects that best suit the learner needs and within the contexts of the study programs. As an effort of the Open Distance and e-Learning (ODEL), we also communicate to our students through the use of CD- ROM learning materials, email and various social networks.

The current student enrolment is 213, still confined to Bachelor of Education with traditional science subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Director, ODeL Centre

Staffing at ODeL

        Position Name
1Director ODELDr. Ndawula Stephen (PhD Educational Communication & Technology)
2Administrative AssistantLydia Tumuramye (MA Human Resource Management)
3SecretaryMary Nazziwa (Dip Secretarial Studies)

Peter Ssentume (MSc) ICT

Jacob Akansasira B.sc (ICT)

5Office AssistantJames Ochieng (Cert)

Pattern ships and Collaborations at ODeL

UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust Project (UNESCO-CFIT) 

UNESCO-CFIT is aimed at enhancing teacher education and professional development. With guidance from the Teacher Education Department – Ministry of Education, Kyambogo University in Uganda was identified as core to Secondary Teacher Education and a Hub for all Teacher Education.

The main area of intervention 

UNESCO-CFIT has contributed to increment to access to teacher education and improvement of its quality. This was by strengthening both pre-service and in-service training in e-learning capacity by providing necessary ICT infrastructure to support blended teacher training

Project Achievements:

  • ODeL Centre has been provided with desktop computers for students’ use.
  • Studio Equipment installed
  • Facilitated training workshops that enhanced lecturers’ pedagogical skills.
  • Some Scholarship has been granted to selected lecturers from the university and participants have trained from India and China.