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ESI cooperates with two universities in South Africa: Tshwane University of Technology and Walter Sisulu University.

E-learning leadership project  

Since September 2007 ESI (former UOCG) cooperates with Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria, in the project E-learning leadership, together with the RISBO department of  the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Within the University of Groningen, ESI cooperates with the Office for International Relations. The project is granted by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs via Nuffic.

The overarching aim of the project is to assist TUT to increase its capacity and competency in terms of advanced teaching methods including e-learning, within the paradigm of a university of technology. This aim is not only directed at e-learning itself, but also at the implementation and use of e-learning within TUT to a larger extent than is possible within the current situation. In the proposal, e-leadership is seen as a key issue in this implementation process and should have a place in project activities.

The consortium members propose a strategy based on three pillars. The first pillar addresses the need to make managers aware of the crucial role that e-learning can play in reaching the goals of the university. They need e-leadership to promote the use of e-learning to TUT staff. The second pillar of this project is staff development. The third pillar focuses on e-learning practices that can be used by both the management and by the teaching staff of TUT.

Capacity building

Since January 2008 UOCG cooperates with Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in Eastern Cape, in a project about capacity building e-learning competences. The university has main campuses in East London and Mtata. ESI cooperates in this project with the RISBO department of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and within the University of Groningen with the Office for International Relations. The project is granted by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs via Nuffic.

WSU faces many challenges, but two of the biggest ones are the throughput in the university itself and creating added value for the regional economy. The project focuses on these two major challenges. Output based education and applied research directly related to questions from the region are important tools to enhance the link between WSU and the region. An employer study will be conducted to get clear ideas what the region needs.

The throughput of WSU needs a dramatically improvement very quickly. Outcome based courses with new technologies and linked to the needs of the employers in the region are therefore an important part of this project. Educational consultancy staff will be trained to be able to support WSU staff to improve their education. At the same time, these staff and experts from the consortium will train the Science Engineering and Technology faculty staff to obtain quick but sustainable results.

Laatst gewijzigd:02 oktober 2015 22:39