ERIC Number: ED348952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Building for the Future: The Development of Distance Education Programmes at Makerere University of Uganda. Consultant Report 6.
There is an urgent and widely recognized need for the introduction of postsecondary distance education programs in Uganda. The Senate of Makerere University has resolved that its Center for Continuing Education should prepare for the admission of students to extra-mural degree courses by October 1990. This is an extremely ambitious target since the social and economic circumstances of Uganda pose formidable problems for project planning and implementation. The deadline can be met if operational decisions are made quickly, adequate resources are found for the first phase of development, and if most of the teaching materials required for subject offerings are bought rather than prepared locally. This approach involves obvious risks and will only work if plans are carefully reviewed and revised in the light of experience. For this reason it is recommended that the project be broken down into three phases, with major reviews in the second and fourth years. The Commonwealth of Learning could play a valuable role by contributing to materials acquisition and staff training, sponsoring the two project reviews, and assisting Makerere University in preparing comprehensive proposals for external funding of later and more costly developments. This report includes 21 explanatory notes as well as the consultant's itinerary and a list of people in East Africa with whom the project was discussed. (Author/ALF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).