Godfrey Mayende

godfrey.mayende@gmail.com
(00256) 702943834
Institute of Open, Distance and eLearning

Godfrey Mayende, PhD

Lecturer

Biography

Dr. Godfrey is a seasoned academic, instructional designer, and educational leader with over 22 years of experience in higher education. Currently serving as a Lecturer, Instructional Designer, and Deputy Director at the Institute of Open Distance and eLearning (IODeL), he also manages the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program eLearning Initiative at Makerere University. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, he demonstrated remarkable leadership as the Acting Director of IODeL, overseeing the university’s transition to online examinations. With a PhD in ICT (Online Learning) from the University of Agder, Norway, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Performance Improvement from Arizona State University, USA, he is deeply committed to advancing online education.

Godfrey’s academic journey reflects a relentless pursuit of knowledge and expertise. He holds additional qualifications including a PGDE (ICT) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, an MSc. Eng (Information Systems) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, and a BSc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Makerere University, Uganda.

In addition to his academic roles, Godfrey serves as a consultant in instructional design, learning design, and eLearning. His research interests encompass online learning groups, instructional design, and online assessment, reflecting his dedication to shaping the future of education.

Education

  • 2021–2022| Post Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Performance ImprovementArizona State University, Arizona, United States of America.
  • 2014–2020 | Ph.D., Information and Communication TechnologyUniversity of Agder, Norway
  • 2013–2013 | Post Graduate Diploma in Education., Information and Communication TechnologyUniversity of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2005–2007 | Master of Science in Engineering., Information Systems,Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • 1998–2001| Bachelor of Science., Computer Science and MathematicsMakerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

Awards

2023–2026: KOICA Fellow for Capacity Building on E-learning and Innovative Teaching Techniques in Uganda, by Korea International Cooperation Agency.
2022–2022: MasterCard Foundation Small Grants with topic Towards a guide for delivering and developing content online in higher education in developing countries: A case of Makerere University – Uganda by MasterCard Foundation.
2021–2022: Graduate Certificate of Instructional Design and Performance Measurement at Arizona State University by MasterCard Foundation.
2019–2019: Seminar ICT Application in Higher Education for African Countries Scholarship at Shenzen by People’s Republic of China.
2014–2018: PhD. ICT Candidate Scholarship at the University of Agder by the DELP Project Funded by Norhed, Government of Norway.
2013–2013: Postgraduate Diploma in Education (ICT) scholarship at the University of Cape Town by Carnegie and Mellon foundations.
2012–2012: Australian Leadership Award Fellowship at the University of the Sunshine Coast by the Australian Aid – Government of Australia.
2009–2009: eContent development scholarship at the University of Nairobi by UNESCO.
2005–2007: Norwegian Quota Scholarship for a Master of Science in Engineering option Information Systems at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology by the
Government of Norway.

Projects

2022–2026 Team Member, Strengthening Capacity for ICT Usage and policy reforms for Relevant and quality Masters Research Process Management in Uganda’s HEIs (ICT-4MRPQ). Funding Agency, EU, EURO 1 million
2020–2026 Co-PI at Makerere University, Mathematics for Sustainable Development (MATH4SDG). Funding Agency, NORHED, NOK 20 million (approx. USD 2.4 Million)
2020–2021 PI, Using Blended Learning to Fast Track Capacity Development for Teachers Implementing the Lower Secondary School Curriculum (BL4CD). Funding Agency, Government of Uganda, Ug Shs 156,686,000 (approx. USD 42,347)
2022–2022 PI, Towards a guide for delivering and developing content online in higher education
in developing countries: A case of Makerere University – Uganda. Funding Agency, MasterCard Foundation, USD 5,000
2022–2023 Program Manager, Makerere University MasterCard E-Learning Initiative – Content Development. Funding Agency, MasterCard Foundation approx. USD 2,000,000
2020–2026 Team Member, Transformative Education and Lifelong Learning for Sustainable
Growth (TELLS). Funding Agency, NORHED, NOK 20 million (approx. USD 2.4 Million)
2013–2020 Team Member, 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. Funding Agency, NORAD, NOK 18 million (approx. 2.2 Million)

Publications

  1. Muyinda, P. B., Mayende. G., Hodgkinson-Williams, C.A., & Brown, C. “WhatsApp as Tool for
    Mobile Continuous Professional Development for Tutors of Distance Learning Programmes. In
    Ssebbunga-Masembe, C. Ed. Contemporary issues in Educational Research, Policies and Practice
    in the Global South.”, Makerere University Press, Kampala, Uganda, 2021.
  2. Mayende, G., “Supporting Effective Online Learning Groups for eLearning Systems”, PhD Thesis,
    University of Agder, 21st October 2020, Kristiansand, Norway.
  3. Muyinda, P. B., Siminyu, S. N., Aguti, J. N., Mayende, G., Nampijja, D., Kajumbula, R.,
    Mayanja, J., Ssebbowa, D. K., Nabushawo, H., Kabugo, D., Walimbwa, M., Mbulankende, J.
    S., Turyakira, N., & Isabwe, G. M. N., “Lived Experience of Developing a Blended Learning
    Academic Programme in a Traditionally Presential University”, Presented at PCF9, 9-12 Sept,
    2019, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  4. Muyinda, P. B., Mayende, G., Maiga, G., & Oyo, B., “Widely Acclaimed but Lowly Utilized:
    Congruencing ODL Utilization with Its Wide Acclaim”, Universal Journal of Educational Research,7(2), 400-412.
  5. Mayende, G., Prinz, A., Muyinda, P. B., & Isabwe, G. M. N., “Towards Technology for Supporting Effective Online Learning Groups”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication, Technologies and Learning (IMCL), 2017, Springer, Cham, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  6. Gwamba, G., Renken, J., Nampijja, D., Mayende, G., & Muyinda, P. B., “Contextualisation of
    eLearning Systems in Higher Education Institutions”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication, Technologies and Learning (IMCL), 2017, Springer, Cham, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  7. Nabushawo, H. M., Muyinda, P. B., Isabwe, G. M. N., Prinz, A., & Mayende, G., “Improving
    online interaction among blended distance learners at Makerere University”, Proceedings of the
    International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL), 2017, Springer, Cham p.
    63-69.
  8. Gwamba, G., Mayende, G., Isabwe, G. M. N., & Muyinda, P. B., “Conceptualising Design of
    Learning Management Systems to address Institutional Realities”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL), 2017, Springer, Cham.
  9. Mayende, G., Prinz, A., Isabwe, G. M. N., & Muyinda, P. B., “Learning Groups in MOOCs:
    Lessons for Online Learning in Higher Education”, International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy, 2017, iJEP 7(2). p. 109-124.
  10. Mayende, G., Prinz, A., & Isabwe, G. M. N., “Improving Communication in Online Learning
    Systems”, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education,
    2017, CSEDU(1), Porto, Portugal. p. 300-307.
  11. Mayende, G., Prinz, A., Isabwe, G. M. N., Muyinda, P. B., & Nampijja, D., “Philosophical and
    Ethical concerns in researching Online Learning Groups”, Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on
    e-Learning, e-Management and e-Services, 2016, IEEE, Langkawi, Malaysia. p. 185-198.
  12. Mayende, G., Prinz, A., Isabwe, G. M. N., & Muyinda, P. B., “Learning Groups for MOOCs
    Lessons for Online Learning in Higher Education”, Proceedings of the International Conference
    on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL), 2016, Springer, Cham, Belfast, UK. p. 185-198.
  13. Mayende, G., Isabwe, G. M. N., Muyinda, P. B., & Prinz, A., “Peer Assessment Based Assignment
    to Enhance Interactions in Online Learning Groups”, Proceedings of the International Conference
    on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL), 2015, IEEE, Florence, Italy. p. 668-672.
  14. Mayende, G., Prinz, A., Isabwe, G. M. N., & Muyinda, P. B., “Supporting Learning Groups in
    Online Learning Environment”, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer
    Supported Education, 2015, CSEDU(2), Lisbon, Portugal. p. 390-396.
  15. Sven, Å. B., Lazareva, A., Mayende, G., Nampijja, D., & Isabwe, G. M. N., “Together we can.
    Team and online collaborative work”, Retrieved from http://grimstad.uia.no/puls/Groupwork/main.htm., 2015, eBOOK, PULS.
  16. Mayende, G., Muyinda, P. B., Prinz, A., Isabwe, G. M. N., & Nampijja, D., “Online Learning
    Needs Assessment in Uganda”, Digital Media in Teaching and its Added Value, 2015, Waxmann
    Verlag p. 208.
  17. Muyinda, P. B., Mayende, G., & Kizito, J., “Requirements for a Seamless Collaborative and
    Cooperative MLearning System”, In L.-H. Wong, M. Milrad, & M. Specht (Eds.), Seamless
    9/10 Learning in the Age of Mobile Connectivity, 2015, Springer Singapore p. 201-222.
  18. Mayende, G., Muyinda, P. B., Isabwe, G. M. N., Walimbwa, M., & Siminyu, S. N., “Facebook
    Mediated Interaction And Learning In Distance Learning At Makerere University”, Proceedings
    of the 8th International Conference on e-Learning., 2014, International Association for the
    Development of the Information Society.
  19. Walimbwa, M., & Mayende, G., “Technology Mediated Learning and the Development of
    Higher Order Cognitive Skills: Using Activity Theory to Analyze the Actors in the Instructional
    Environment at Makerere University in Uganda”, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on E-Learning and E-Technologies in Education (ICEEE2014)., 2014.
  20. Mayende, G., “Mobile Technologies to Support Discussion Groups within in Distance Education
    in Developing Countries”, Master Thesis, 2007.
  21. Mayende, G., Divitini, M., & Haugalokken, O., “MOTUS goes to Africa: mobile technologies to
    increase sustainability of collaborative models for teacher education”, Proceedings of the Fourth
    IEEE International Workshop on Technology for Education in Developing Countries., 2006, IEEE p. 53-54.

Membership

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
Program committee member of the international conference on computer supported education