Dr Paul Birevu Muyinda

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4 years 9 months
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Nsubuga Block
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Mobile and electronic learning, ICTs in Education, Open and Distance Learning, ICT for Sustainable Development, Information Systems, E- and M-governance, databases systems, mobile applications development, IT for business development


I am a dynamic mobile/electronic learning (m-learning and e-learning) professional having a PhD in Information Systems specializing in mobile and electronic learning. My PhD dissertation was titled, ‘A Software Framework for Interoperating Mobile and Online Learning’.  This thesis received an award as the best post graduate research project of 2010 in the Uganda Communications Commission Annual Communications Innovation Award of 2010. It also received a highly commended research award in 2009 from Emerald African Management Research Fund Award. In December 2014, I graduated with Post Graduate Diploma in Education (ICT) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. I also hold a Masters degree in Computer Science from Shanghai University, P.R. China and a Bachelor of Statistics degree specializing in development studies from Makerere University. I am a Certified Netware Administrator (CNA).

  • Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Open and Distance Learning in the School of Distance and Life Long Learning, College of Education and External Studies at Makerere University. I have extensive practical and research experience in m-learning, e-learning and open and distance education. Additionally, I have research interests in ICT for education and sustainable development (ICT4E and ICT4D).
  • I have implemented several information systems in the Department of Open and Distance Learning. I led the team which developed and implemented the mobile broadcast system - a system for easing collaboration and interaction amongst distance learners of Makerere University. I also initiated the Mobile Research Supervision Initiative (MRSI), an initiative in which lecturers supervise research for distance learners using low through to high end mobile phones.  I have planned for the IT requirements of the Department, developed blue prints and actual information systems, supervised staff and ensured the smooth operation of the distance education provision at Makerere University. I designed and set up ICT study centres for the Department of Open and Distance Learning in 5 regional centers in Kampala, Jinja, Lira, Mbale and Fort Portal. Before Makerere University introduced the Academics Records Information System (ARIS), I developed and installed a records keeping system (DE Records Keeper) for the Department of Open and Distance Learning. This system played a crucial role in managing records of the over 6,000 distance learners at Makerere University. The DE Records Keeper has now been succeeded by the University wide ARIS.
  • I have been able to mobilize financial resources to propel open and distance education activities at Makerere University. Recently, among others, I won NOK 18 million for the project “Leapfrogging 1st Generation Distance Education into 4th and 5th Generation Distance Education: A Strategy for Enhancing ICT Pedagogical Integration and Increasing Access to Education in Africa   (Short title: Distance Education Leapfrogging Project [DELP])”. Among the activities of this project will be transforming current courses into open courseware and utilizing the abundantly available open courseware and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) into the distance education provision. I am also currently undertaking an Amref Health Africa funded baseline study titled, “JIBU M-Learning for Nurses and Midwives in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Project (Uganda Chapter). Additionally, I have a Sida funded post doctoral research on “integrating m-learning into the distance education student support system at Makerere University”. Recently, I was part of the team that implemented and R & D Project funded by Spider, Sweden on, “Propelling and ICT Led Pedagogy at Makerere University”. After the project I authored a policy brief which has been adopted by Makerere University Council as an important document to rely on as we transform the terrain of ODeL at Makerere University.

I have contributed significantly to the development and implementation of Makerere University’s strategic plan and the ODeL Policy. I was a core member of the team that developed the Makerere University’s Educational Technology Strategy (MakETS). I was a member of the team that developed the Institute of Adult and Continuing Education’s and Department of Distance Education’s strategic plans. I have been a member of several committees of the Department of Open and Distance Learning, including; the Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Appointments and Promotions Committee. As Head of Department, I have acquired considerable skills in human resources management, financial resources management and policy formulation and implementation. I was for instance the leader of a team that formulated the open, distance and e-learning policy and strategy of Makerere University.

I have executed numerous local, regional and international projects and consultancies in distance education, m-learning and e-learning. I have undertaken baseline and endline evaluation consultancies for Amref Health Africa. I was a co-researcher in a project for the Inter-University Council for East Africa, titled, ‘Enhancing the Capacity of East African Universities to Utilize ICT for Sustainable Regional Development’. I was also a co-researcher in the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Project for ‘Designing, Developing and Implementing an East African Network of Research Excellence (EANRE) and Observatory (EANREO)’. Further, I was one of the lecturers who developed e-content for the MakETS piloting project funded by the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA). I was a co-researcher in NUFFIC Project for ICT capacity building in Mozambique. I have previously conducted ICT training consultancies for National Commission for UNESCO in Nakaseke Multimedia Centre and MS Data Figure in Pallisa District Local Government.

As an academic, I have lectured on information and communication technology related courses on the different open and distance learning programmes at Makerere University. I have used both the traditional face to face and e-learning models to deliver course materials (see my publication on scaffolding traditional distance learners for constructivistic online learning).  I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research dissertations and presented at several international and local conferences. I have attended a number of capacity building short courses in distance education, e-learning, e-content development, statistical data analysis, project planning and monitoring, communication and scholarly writing, software engineering, GIS data management, student support and tutoring, writing fundable proposals  and strategic plans, etc. I have published book chapters and journal articles and edited a book on Distance Education for InTech Publishers in Croatia.

In a nutshell, I have striven to balance my professional and academic expertise.  I am a competent and principled researcher, professional, manager, planner and academic of ODeL. I am self-motivated, disciplined, team player, effective public speaker, innovative thinker, performance and results oriented, trustworthy and incorruptible officer.  Throughout my work life, I have demonstrated competence as a leader driven by the need to serve, respect and strengthen those I serve and human kind. I believe in building and strengthening institutions and taking on challenges that add value to humanity by causing economic development. All this is demonstrated by my academic and work experiences as is summarized here and detailed below. 

Research Summary: 
Current Research: 
PGDE (ICT), University of Cape Town, South Africa (Jan – Dec 2013)
PhD in Information System, Makerere University, Uganda (2005-2010)
MSc Computer Science & Applications, Shanghai University, P.R. China (1995 - 1998)
Bachelor of Statistics (Upper Second), Makerere University, Uganda (1991 – 1994)
Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, St. Peters College, Tororo, Uganda (1989 – 1991)
Certificate of Education (Division I), Jinja College, Jinja, Uganda (1985 – 1988)
Primary Leaving Examination (Division I), Buswale Primary School, Bugiri, Uganda (1978 – 1984)
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