Dr. Paul Muyinda Birevu

Dr. Paul Muyinda Birevu

Director , Institute of Open Distance and eLearning

A highly qualified and experienced as a technology enabled learning or Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) professional, practitioner, researcher, lifelong learner, academician, and leader/manager


Dr. Paul B Muyinda,  is a Ugandan with a Ph.D. in mobile and electronic learning, is a trailblazer in Open, Distance, and eLearning (ODeL). His remarkable journey includes key roles in national and international ODeL projects. A leader at Makerere University, he crafted the institution’s first online programs and policy framework. Beyond borders, he advised The Gambia College on ODeL strategies. As the Director of the Institute of Open, Distance, and eLearning (IODeL), he empowered 1500+ academic staff. Currently, he coordinates the Mastercard eLearning Initiative, transforming 2560 courses. Dr. Paul B Muyinda is shaping education’s future through innovative instructional design and policy contributions.

Education and Training

1.     Postdoctoral Fellowships

July 2016 – June 2018: Post-doctoral research at Makerere University.

Topic: “Increasing Access and Flexibility of Graduate Training at Makerere University through Blended Learning: A Participatory Action Research Approach”. Sida Funded

July 2012 – June 2015: Post-doctoral research at Makerere University.

Topic: “Integrating m-Learning into the Open and Distance Learner Student Support System of Makerere University”. Sida Funded

2.     Professional Certification/Qualification in Open, Distance and eLearning
  1. Graduate Certificate in Online Instructional Design and Performance Improvement, Arizona State University (ASU), Phoenix, USA, July 2021 – October 2022)
  2. Developing Blended Learning (Two pathways: Supporting Technology Enabled Learning (STEL) and Developing People and Enhancing Practice (DPEP)), Staff and Development Association (SEDA), UK, named award, Jan – Dec 2018.
3.     Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  1. Postgraduate Diploma in E- Teaching I (International Online Educator Course) and E-Teaching II (E-course Development and Implementation), University of Agder, Grimstad, Norway, August 2015 – June 2016)
  2. Postgraduate Diploma in Education (ICT) (University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2013)
4.     Doctoral Degree Qualification

PhD in Information Systems specialising in eLearning and m-learning (Mak., Uganda, 2010)

Thesis Title: A Software Framework for Interoperating Mobile and Online Learning Objects

My PhD thesis received an award as the best post graduate research project of 2010 in the Uganda Communications Commission Annual Communications Innovation Award (ACIA) of 2010. In 2009 it received a highly commended research award from Emerald African Management Research Fund Award.

5.     Masters and Bachelor Qualification
  1. Masters of Computer Science and Application (Shanghai University, China, 1998)
  2. Bachelor of Statistics (Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 1994)