Ruforum’s Prof. Adipala Ekwamu applauds elearning efforts in extending graduate training and Research at Kabale UniversityCollins Mann
On 15TH JULY 2022, Prof Adipala Ekwamu the Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) visited Kabale University.
In his speech, he said his visit to the university was both personal and official adding that the main reason he visited was to acquaint himself with developments in the university and also check on some of RUFORUM initiatives.
Prof. Adipala emphasized that Kabale University was selling its own thing when it comes to elearning and therefore one of the reasons he was visiting was to see what the eLearning team was doing.
His main interest was seeing how Kabale University is using eLearning in positioning itself to take advantage of digital technology not only for teaching and research but also for advocacy and reaching out which are essential in strengthening the visibility of the university.
Kabale University graduate programs run on a Block-release method where students come to the University for a few weekends and go online for the subsequent lectures. This arrangement allows for flexibility among the working students so that they are able to attend to their employment obligations and study. Other activities such as student class presentations and research are conducted online for situations where students and staff are unable to be physically present on campus.
The Senior eLearning Officer Robert Tumusiime gave a presentation on the Status of eLearning at Kabale University where among other things he talked about the infrastructure, and the ongoing Digital education projects and gave an overview of the process at Kabale University.
In November 2021, Kabale University received and utilized a grant of USD 5000 from RUFORUM whose purpose was to offer Financial support towards improving infrastructure and facilitating online learning at Kabale University
In conclusion, he mentioned that his visit was to give him an opportunity to thank the University for the support to RUFORUM as he ends his term of office in December 2022.
During his visit, he was able to tour the multimedia studio which is still under construction, and the new computer lab.
Prof. Adipala’s visit to the university was a good and memorable one since he hasn’t been to the southwestern part of Uganda, particularly Kabale