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Participatory E-Learning for Student Outcomes (PESO)

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I believe that e-Learning is part of learning, and schools should be at the forefront of adopting education technologies in order to improve learning outcomes, improve efficiency in learning, and give students digital skills of the future. Participatory E-Learning for Student Outcomes (PESO) is a flagship project that will provide a learning platform (using moodle) for students in different schools in Lira district, Uganda the opportunity to learn together. Considering the cost of access to the internet, for both schools and students, students will be provided with free internet access during the weekly e-learning sessions in the school computer labs. The project will be implemented in 10 secondary schools (both rural and urban) in Lira city, Uganda. 

Define three specific objectives that you would like to achieve with your proposal.

  • To give students in 10 different schools in Lira an experience of eLearning.
  • To accelerate student learning, and compensate for time lost due to Covid-19 lockdown.
  • To popularize Moodle as an eLearning platform for secondary schools in northern Uganda.   
  • To help schools adopt develop e-Learning platforms and training teachers about eLearning.

 

What problems (particularly in value chain competitiveness and global disruption) are your community’s stakeholders facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

  • Failure by schools to adopt and embrace digital strategies to improve efficiency and learning outcomes in schools. 
  • Learning during the lockdown through television and newspapers has not been effective, yet radio lacks the individual approach. 
  • By encouraging and adopting e-learning, we also encourage students to embrace technologies & pursue STEM careers, especially girls. 
  • Through this e-learning project, many students will gain confidence in the use of digital technologies, and also enhance their knowledge of internet and online safety. 
  • Many young people are already using social media to connect with their friends. By allowing them to use e-learning to connect with friends while learning together, PESO will help keep them away from disruptive social media, and enable them to focus on learning while connecting with friends inside the learning platform. 

What minimum viable solution(s) are you proposing to address the challenge(s) in your community?

The Covid-19 lockdown has exposed schools and enabled educational leaders to fully appreciate the importance of educational technologies. Less than 10% of schools in Uganda have an online presence (websites), yet over 90% have computers and electricity or solar power. This project will serve as an example to education leaders and teachers that it is possible to use learning technologies, and that it should be a school initiative. Technology should be part of the learning, just like it is part of healthcare. 

The project will be a win-win for both students and selected teachers. The teachers will get the opportunity to have different students from different schools & backgrounds on the same virtual learning room, while students get to learn from their friends & experience how elearning works. 

Share your story (your narrative)

I am an IT specialist and education professional. I am the founder of Centre for Skills and Innovation. From 2012 to 2019, I was teacher and head of ICT in one of the biggest schools in northern Uganda. I am a STEM and eLearning activist, and I have moved all over northern Uganda advocating for the adoption of eLearning to improve learning outcomes & efficiency in schools. I helped deploy and popularize Kolibri eLearning platform, and I also created Walktrack Edu Platform.

Please provide any additional relevant information that you would like to share.

https://centreforskills.org/emmanuel-angoda/ 

edited on 9th May 2020, 13:05 by Emmanuel Angoda
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Nivashini Rave Rattey 2 months ago

Dear Emmanuel,
Thank you for sharing the overview of your idea. It's a meaningful initiative!

However, I am a little confused about the "free internet" proposal. Which service provider is going to offer this? Is this even feasible? Perhaps, you may want to elaborate on this.

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Emmanuel Angoda 2 months ago

Thank you for the feedback. My view is that e-learning mentors will reach out to schools on appointed days and do e-learning sessions (or lessons), together with their subject teacher in class or computer lab. In the first phase of the programme, internet will be free (for only the duration of the lesson). My organization will cover internet costs & training in phase 1. With each visit, the eLearning mentor will take internet router and connect school computers to the internet for the duration of the elearning session. This approach will eliminate the excuses (that there's no internet) teachers have been giving for not incorporating e-learning into learning. My organization will train teachers (under the Teachers Support Programme), students, mentors & create e-learning content (with the help of participating teachers) and do school outreaches. This approach will enable us take elearning to the class. The approach is bottom-up. Phase 2 will involve developing e-learning platforms for secondary schools.

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Patrick Obumselu 2 months ago

I love you idea. It’s evasively and I can see the need in your community.

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Emmanuel Angoda 2 months ago

Thank you, Patrick. The current situation provides the opportunity to extend & popularise e-learning as part of learning in all schools. No more excuses!

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Emmanuel Angoda 2 months ago

A demonstration of the project can be found here: https://elearning.centreforskills.org/

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Israel Abazie 1 month ago

You've got a decent track record, however I was a bit confused with the free internet. Which ISP will be providing that?

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Emmanuel Angoda 1 month ago

My organization will provide free internet in phase 1 of the project. This is only during e-learning sessions in class.

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Marabe Ditshego 2 weeks ago

Hi Emmanuel,
I trust you are well.

Let me congratulate you on your idea. PESO is clearly a project which comes from your heart. I trust you will make sure it is realized for the benefit of the children in Uganda and the rest of Africa.

I wish to share a few considerations.
1. Consider mention which curriculum you will be offering and who will be offering the training. If it’s the teachers then perhaps you should consider inserting training for teachers as one of your key objectives as well as developing a curriculum?
2. Consider mentioning how your solution can help overcome the first problem that you listed, which I believe is a critical problem – ‘Failure by schools to adopt and embrace digital strategies to improve efficiency and learning outcomes in schools’.

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Nivashini Rave Rattey 2 weeks ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Nivashini Rave Rattey 2 weeks ago

Status label added: Community feedback received

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Rahim Iqbal 2 weeks ago

Hello Emmanuel,

I hope you are fine, your idea is very prompt and according to the circumstances. Your idea is explained quite nicely but I still have some questions;

1) Is internet availability a problem, If it is how does it affect PESO in a bigger picture?
2) I would like to know more about the e-learning experience, as in can you please explain the course work and approach.
3) You are involving schools in this venture, how willing are they to join you. In my experience schools seek some advantage for themselves.
4) Lastly I would recommend you to help us understand the difficulties in e-learning in your story.


Hope to hear back from you soon, Let me know if any of my questions need further explanation, Thank you.

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Emmanuel Angoda 1 week ago

I have been a teacher for 7 years, and have worked with many schools. I know how school programmes work, and I know how to create win-win outcomes for students & teachers.
1. My organization (Centre for Skills and Innovation) will provide free internet during weekly elearning sessions. This is phase 1 of the project. Phase 2 will involve developing elearning platforms for interested schools, and they will also provide their own internet access.
2. The advantage for schools is free elearning & digital skills training & content creation for schools (and teachers). There will also be ongoing support to schools, using elearning mentors for 1 year.
3. My experience is that students want elearning & digital skills in schools, but headteachers fear the costs, while teachers have little or no adequate skills. When we provide incentives to cut costs to headteachers & training & support for teachers, they will embrace change.
4. In promoting elearning, I have adopted both offline and online platforms. Kolibri for remote schools, no internet, with little resources & few computers, and Moodle for urban schools with internet access.

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Victoria Masso 2 weeks ago

Status label added: Mentor feedback received

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Fahmida Hossain 1 week ago

Hello Emmanuel, Undoubtedly your initiative will benefit both the school and the students in this Covid-19 situation. You mentioned that you want to implement this project in 10 schools in Lira city, Uganda. But how many schools have you already implemented? And how many students have benefited from this solution of yours?

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Emmanuel Angoda 1 week ago

The platform was developed after school were closed due to pandemic. Due to these, I have not yet officially enrolled schools to the project. We have notified administrators of the intention to work with them to roll out this project. However, teachers and students (about 50 users) have already joined the platform on individual basis. PESO project is designed to work both in framework of school environment (70%), and in the community (30%). Thank you.

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Fahmida Hossain 1 week ago

Thank you so much...

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Alberto Farca 6 days ago

Dear Emmanuel,

Congratulations on your idea. I specially like that you want to encourage students, specifically girls, to pursue STEM careers. My only comment would be regarding your project's sustainability. I would recommend to you to give more detail on how you are planning to finance the project. Are there any public funds from the local or national government? Private companies could also help funding the program. In Mexico, telecommunication and ICT companies have helped develop similar projects.

Best regards,

Alberto

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