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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Diack leads speakers @ Designing Quality Online Courses

United States-based Electronic-learning (e-learning) consultant and professor of Science and Mathematics education at the Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Prof. Moustapha Diack, is to lead facilitators at a two-day workshop in Lagos on “E-Learning: Designing Quality Online Courses for e-learning Delivery.”

The workshop is being put together by HiiT Plc in conjunction with Atlantic Computing, United States and Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) with endorsement from the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN).

Disclosing this to ITRealms Online, the General Manager, Marketing and Customer Relations at HiiT Plc, , an Information Technology (IT) education center, Mrs. Bukola Yomi-Ajayi said that the e-learning delivery comprises train-the-trainer (T3 Moodle) and certification.

She said that e-learning is an umbrella term that describes learning done at a computer, usually connected to a network, giving participants the opportunity to learn almost anytime, anywhere is no news. What could be news is that you too could build online courses in any field of knowledge or endeavour to participate in the e-learning economy.

“The gains to students, institutions and the country are enormous,” she declared, noting that the 2-day workshop would empower participants with all the skills needed for online course.

Additionally, she said, the workshop has been designed to provide e-learning practitioners and enthusiasts with practical tools for planning and designing high-quality online courses using Moodle as Course Management System (CMS).

“This workshop is unique because it is also aimed at laying the foundation for the Nigeria’s e-Learning Practitioners’ Group,” she said, stressing that the workshop would include online resources to support participants before and after the workshop.

On completion of the workshop, Yomi-Ajayi pointed out that participants would have achieved being able to design own e-learning course; have a good understanding of the current standards for designing effective online courses; define quality standards that are crucial to successful course design and implementation in e-learning in accordance with “Quality Matters” (QM).

Quality Matters standards, she said, have become a globally recognized organization that promotes quality design of online and hybrid courses with a peer-review process.

However, she explained that there would some pre-requisite for participants including that no experience with any existing Course Management System (CMS) is needed and the focus would be on applying quality standards and the QM Rubric to the design of an online course as well as using Moodle as addition to a face-2-face course or in a pure distance learning context.

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