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Reaching out to Chawama’s young people and beyond

Set up in the form of a small non-governmental organisation, the Chawama Youth Project helps young people in the disadvantaged township of Chawama on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia. When the project was initially launched in 2004, most of Chawama’s young people were unemployed, crime was rife and their future was bleak. So, in order to give the young people a better start in […]


eLearning for African higher education

The African Virtual University Module Authoring Workshop
Wednesday, May 28, Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT

At eLearning Africa, the AVU will hold a workshop led by Prof Thierry Karsenti on Module Authoring. The workshop will provide the participants with clear guidance on the eLearning module development process that is easy to understand and can be utilised by all interested authors or module developers. The sessions will ensure that the modules that are developed can be readily shared / accepted across various institutions and can also be used as open source content. The event targets academics and subject matter experts interested in basic authoring skills for eLearning materials.

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Web 2.0 applications help deliver online training for journalists

By Brenda Zulu Matongo Maumbi, a Zambian radio journalist, initially saw blogging as an adventure. “I was writing whatever came to my mind without any real set objective or target,” he said. “I have been working as a broadcast journalist since 2001 and I was lucky to have been exposed to the computer and internet right from the early days of my career. My […]


Interview with Dr Wolfram Laaser, Academic Director, Fernuniversität Hagen

  What is the real economic contribution of eLearning? What indicators are necessary to track the efficiency of courses and programmes? Dr Wolfram Laaser from Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany’s most important distance learning university, has extensive experience in this field. The economist has been involved with distance education and specifically with instructional design and media development at Hagen since the University’s inception in the mid-1970s. […]


eWaste management needed

By James Waititu and Reuben Kyama, Nairobi, Kenya Three years ago at a rural school in Kenya, students gathered in a lab to admire with awe newly installed computers. The arrival of the new technology generated great interest and expectations – thanks to a generous firm which donated the machines.


eLearning in medical education: Explore the virtual patient

David Dewhurst (BSc, PhD) is Professor of eLearning and Director of the Learning Technology Section in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh. He is an international figure in eLearning research in the bio/medical domain and has published widely in this area. He is also Principal Investigator for a number of eLearning grants. The eLearning Unit of the Learning […]


eLearning helps provide crucial health knowledge

The RHL was developed within the World Health Organization’s Programme to map Best Reproductive Health Practices and is the key tool used to disseminate evidence on the effectiveness of health care interventions within this Programme. The RHL has over 15,000 subscribers worldwide and many more users, and the WHO distributes over 20,000 CD-ROMs annually in English and another 10,000 in Spanish in low-income countries. […]

Field Stories

Changing Universities with ICT – An eLearning case study from Botswana

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Botswana has recently won a highly regarded Microsoft Research award. The award was announced by Microsoft to encourage researchers from around the world to pursue research in technology to improve health, education, and socio-economic conditions. The project, Integrated Healthcare Information Service through Mobile Technology in Botswana (IHISM), will investigate wireless and mobile technologies that enable […]


Increasing efficiency for the poor

  Biography Dr. Jiping Zhang is Senior Distance Learning Specialist and Instructional Designer at the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) of the World Bank. She started distance learning in 1997 by developing the Internet-based-training and CD-ROM version with streaming video on water resources management and rural development policy courses for World Bank staff training. Before joining TDLC, she worked in the World Bank Institute […]