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Higher Education in Africa



Distance Education at a Glance

The University of Idaho Faculty of Engineering prepared this guide to help teachers, administrators, facilitators, and students understand distance education.

How to Develop an Online Course

Developed by Priya Williams, Web Designer, Stylus Systems Pvt.Ltd., this is a tutorial that will help convert a simple paper course/seminar into an online course/seminar.

Knowledge Environment for Web-based Learning

KEWL is an open-source courseware package developed at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. It includes all the tools necessary to run and manage an online course. KEWL is available free of charge. For an example of KEWL output, go to Seawood Africa:

Maryland Faculty Online: Technology Training Curriculum

Designed by the University of Maryland, this curriculum presents critical issues common to all institutions: establishing and incorporating standards of good practice, integrating instructional technologies into curricula, securing resources, providing incentives for faculty, and measuring outcomes through carefully designed assessment strategies.

MIT Open Courseware Initiative

MIT states that the goal of its Open Courseware Initiative is "to make MIT course materials that are used in the teaching of almost all undergraduate and graduate subjects available on the web, free of charge, to any user anywhere in the world. MIT OCW will radically alter technology-enhanced education at MIT, and will serve as a model for university dissemination of knowledge in the Internet age." Although the Initiative won’t be formally launched until September 2003, some materials are available on the site now and it is possible to register for updates.

Producing and Teaching an Online Course

Guide and manual developed at the University of Memphis for developing courses using Web-CT. Overall discussion useful for any software package.

Virtual Resource Site for Teaching with Technology

The Virtual Resource Site for Teaching with Technology was developed by the University of Maryland University College and was designed to be used by instructors anywhere in the world. It contains 40 examples of assignments or exercises used in online courses at various institutions. Examples are organized by the type of technology used, as well as by the type of learning activity the modules are meant for.

World Lecture Hall

The World Lecture Hall publishes links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver course materials in any language. Some courses are delivered entirely over the Internet. Others are designed for students in residence. Many fall somewhere in between. In all cases, they can be visited by anyone interested in courseware on the Internet - faculty, developers, and curious students alike. The Web site is not updated regularly, however. (The last update was in December 2001.)

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