We have identified these projects as priority for our team as they represent several of the themes that we identified as being critical for the development of digital education in our countries. There will be many more to come, however.
Project 1: Evaluation and development of digital educational interventional models for integrating marginalised groups into tertiary education
Theme: Integrating marginalised groups into education
PI: Dr Rovincer Najjuma
This project is designed to address a matter of critical importance in our respective countries, that of incorporating marginalised groups into tertiary education. To begin, we will focus our efforts on select groups but through discussion we have identified the following groups
Young mothers or full time housewives
Internally displace persons or refugees
Those with disabilities that precludes them from accessing tertiary education
Through a mixed methods approach, we will develop a critical understanding of each of these groups and the educational interventions that have been designed to address them, before adapting an existing initiative for use with our groups, or develop a bespoke educational initiative based on our research.
Who are the marginalized potentially university students?
What are their attitudes towards tertiary education?
What kinds of technology are available to them and how are they using it?
What is the educational landscape that is available to them?
Theme: ICT Pedagogy for Faculty
PI: Professor Hassan
This project is designed to address what we see to be a critical need in tertiary education: the development of confident and transformative digital teachers. To do this, we need to understand how we teach and what the barriers are to good teaching. To do this we will do the following activities:
Develop a profile of academics in tertiary institutions on their ICT compliance and training needs
Evaluate the digital pedagogical approaches by staff
Evaluate the administrative, infrastructure, and policy challenges to e-learning adoption
What digital and pedagogical ICT skills do academics in tertiary institutions possess, their current approaches and what are their training needs?
What are the enablers and challenges of e-learning adoption in tertiary institutions?
How can we design accessible and transformative education programmes for faculty in response?