Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. King Nalubamba has commended the Africa Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals (ACEIDHA) and Fostering Quality Graduate & Postgraduate Training & Research Through Enhanced Academic Collaboration and Mutual Student Exchange (FORTCASE) projects for supporting the University of Zambia in promoting e-learning through video recordings of lectures for postgraduate studies.
Speaking when he officially opened the workshop on Ph.D. Curriculum Development and Development of Materials for E-learning held in Kabwe which commenced from 9th through to 15th August 2020, Prof Nalubamba said the workshop was timely as it was a good platform to devise new modes of lecturing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the outbreak of COVID-19 was an opportunity to frame new strategic direction in the academia and that e-learning was an ultimate go in delivering content to the students.
And ACEIDHA Center Leader, Prof. Bernard Hang’ombe said developing e-learning materials was a strategic focus the Centre and FORTECASE had taken to reach out to students enrolled in ACEIDHA programmes. He said the various programmes devised by the ACEIDHA and FORTECASE were already attracting interest all over the world as it was evident from several international students who have shown willingness to enrol.
FORTECASE at the University of Zambia is being headed by Principal Investigator for Zambia, Prof John Bwalya Muma, who said that the partnership with ACEIDHA would promote the development of the Ph.D. curriculum, design programmes and courses in order to enhance blended learning.
The workshop was intended to achieve the following objectives:
• Drafting of the PhD curriculum for the School of Veterinary Medicine
• Record video lectures (Ecological Public Health, Tropical Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses).
• Update course materials on the Moodle E-learning platform as well as to
• Prepare worksheets for assignments, prepare questions and discussions forums.