REFRESHER TRAINING ON USING RHIH E-LEARNING PLATFORM (MOODLE) FOR RHIH ACADEMIC STAFF
Ruli Higher Institute of Health (RHIH), has organized and conducted a successful and fruitful intensive refresher training of 7 days counted from Monday,14th September 2020 to 22nd September 2020 on theme entitled “ENHANCING EFFECTIVE OF UTILIZATION OF MOODLE E-LEARNING PLATFORM AMONG RHIH ACADEMIC STAFF” . It took place at RHIH Main hall and it is participated by fourteen persons. The training has been officially opened by Mr. Sylvestre NTIRENGANYA, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic affairs and Research, and in his key note remarks emphasized on historical perspective of RHIH in utilization ICT in academic activities since 2013 for responding on current standards set by Ministry of Education-Rwanda, Higher Education council and Other Higher authorities regulating education that endorse to initiate the use of technology and in particular of e-learning in all academic activities. He continued by explaining the training of trainers done by IT manager and other academic staff on what way to use online education style named MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) as well as setting required infrastructure for running the system and Finally Institute started its utilization in 2016.
Mr. Sylvestre NTIRENGANYA, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic affairs and Research in RHIH in opening ceremony of training
He sustained that, the academic staff tried their best the utilization of the system, of course after receiving intensive training, however, there are still gaps in its effective use in harmonized way among end users who are academic staff (teachers) and students as well. It is noted that academic staff play a key role model in front of students and students are initiated also in this technology. RHIH would like to enhance its teaching program through empowering staff and students on this program. It is expected that all teachers should be able to manage properly their classes during course delivery and be able to generate different report for administrative purpose. This refresher course, is one strategy to overcome the current existing challenge, since it has theoretical and practical sessions step by step. Therefore, he stated that “The development of the Internet and its applications determine an increase of the role of computer-based instruments in the learning process. Higher learning institutions including Ruli Higher Institute of Health (RHIH) are recommended to use ICT in teaching and knowledge transfer in this century, it is in that background, and institute organized this event”. He ended his speech by welcoming the training facilitator named Mrs. Florence MUKAMABANO.
The facilitator started by explaining that RHIH E-learning platform (Moodle) which is an application (software) designed for academic purpose for facilitating both teachers and students in teaching and learning online.
She continued by explaining the main components of the system: Moodle has three difference interfaces:
- Administration interface
- Tutorial (teaching) interface
- Student interface
This Moodle refresher is focused on Tutorial (teaching) interface which is used by teachers to create and send different course topics/units including course information (courses syllabus, forum for discussion, assignments, quizzes, etc.) to the students.
1. The Aim of Moodle Refresher
Teacher is the one who uses this application everyday by supporting students in teaching that is why Moodle refresher is needed for all teachers in order to have common understanding by using and being familiar with it ( how to prepare and manage online course and upload course readings on Moodle). It is verified that all courses located on Moodle platform are not set (structured) at the same way in order to help students understanding well their courses online. That is why the main purpose of this Moodle refresher is to have common understanding about preparation and managing online course on Moodle.
2. Methodology used by refreshing RHIH Academic staff on Moodle
Face to face demonstration using computer and projector machine is one of the method used in this refresher where all teachers used their own computer in order to do self-practice.
RHIH Academic staff during training in RHIH Main Hall
3. Topics covered in this training
- Login in the system and updating user profile
- Create course Topics/Units
- Adding Moodle resources to a course such as book, file, folder, page, URL
- Adding Moodle activities to a courses such as assignment, attendance, forum for discussion, Quiz, chat, feedback, and survey
- Online class management
4. Outcome of Moodle Refresher
RHIH teachers are now able to prepare, set and manage well online course by uploading course reading (Syllabus), create assignment, attendance, forum for discussion, quizzes, they are also able to update their own profile and enroll students to any course. The result of this refresher is to make all RHIH teachers strong by using RHIH E-learning (Moodle). In closing ceremony, Mr. Jean Pierre NKURIKIYUMUGISHA (representative of trainees), appreciated RHIH administration for supporting continuous capacity building program and strategies in place for academic staff and other staff in generally. He motivated other academic staff to take their time and revise practically all resources and activities that are on Moodle. It has been recommended and agreed that all RHIH teachers must use e-learning platform (Moodle) every day in order to be familiar of using it. In concluding remarks, Mr. Sylvestre NTIRENGANYA, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic affairs and Research, ensured to all staff that RHIH administration will strive its best to maintain high quality of education and any challenge that may be raised will try the best to overcome of achieving the vision and mission of RHIH.