AVU’s Applied Computer Sciences workshop set for Nairobi from February 22

The African Virtual University (AVU), in its effort to address the human capital gap required to sustain socio economic development, is organizing an Applied Computer Sciences workshop with 18 African universities. A total of 82 participants will attend the content development workshop to be held from the 22nd to the 27th of February 2016 at the Nairobi Safari Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Program’s implementation has 5 main activities: policy harmonization and curriculum contextualization, quality assurance, curriculum design, content development, and program delivery.
Having accomplished the first three steps, the AVU is planning the completion of the content development process during this Authoring Workshop.

Participating institutions: Université d’Abomey Calavi in Benin ; Université de Ougagadougou in Burkina Faso ;  Université Lumière de Bujumbura in Burundi ;  Université de Douala in Cameroon ;  Université de Nouakchott in Mauritania ;  Université Gaston Berger in Senegal ;  Université des Sciences, des Techniques et Technologies de Bamako in Mali ; Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration ;  Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana;  Kenyatta University in Kenya; Egerton University in Kenya; Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia;  University of Rwanda; University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania ; Universite Abdou Moumouni de Niamey in Niger;  Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal; Universidade Pedagógica in Mozambique; The University of the Gambia in The Gambia.

The participants will include lecturers, writing and reviewing the content for a collaborative development of a computer science bachelor that will be released as Open Educational Resources on AVU’s platform. The bachelor will be delivered in 12 African countries using the Open Distance and eLearning centers previously installed by the AVU in the framework of the AVU Multinational Support Project II, which is being implemented in 27 universities and 21 countries spread across Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone African countries. The project, which will be finalized at the end of 2016, has several components including Teacher Education, Computer Science, Peace Management and Conflict Resolution, Open Distance and eLearning Professional Development (ODeL-PD), establishment of Open Distance and eLearning centers, Research and Development and Gender Mainstreaming.

African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization with a mandate to significantly increase access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies.

The AVU was established in 1997 when eLearning was still in its infancy in the West and it has since trained more than 43,000 students and established the largest network of Distance and eLearning institutions in 29 African Countries.The AVU works across language divide in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa. The AVU is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with a regional office in Dakar, Senegal.

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