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).
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. Kindly read my