The AVU has established ten (10) ODeL Centres, one at each of the 10 selected institutions. Contact us for more information.
Purpose of Centres
The purpose of ODeL Centres is to act as physical hubs for the creation, organization and sharing of knowledge as well as the development, delivery and management of ODeL Programs at AVU Partner Institutions.
The main functions of the Centres are:
- A training facility for PI staff in the use of ICT in the development, delivery and management of Open, Distance and E-Learning (ODeL)
- A delivery point for the current and future ODeL programs (e.g. the Teacher Education Program)
- A physical location where staff are able to conduct research and participate in collaborative work in ODeL
- A revenue generating facility in order to guarantee long-term sustainability
To date all centres have been fully established with equipment supplied and installed. The equipment include: Furniture; Electronics (Local Area Network, Audio Visual equipment, Power Backup); and Software. The connectivity at 8 of the 10 centres has been provided through a 2-way VSAT internet with bandwidth of 128/512Kbps. In the other two institutions, (in Senegal & Ethiopia) connectivity is through the local internet service providers.
Commissioning and launching of the centres has been concluded. This activity included Exit Training where staff in the Partner Institutions were equipped to take over the operations of the ODeL Centers, local installation of a Learning Management System as well as a launching ceremony in every centre. The launch ceremonies were well attended by officials from the Participating Universities, government representatives, civil society representatives, AfDB representatives as well as the local media in each country. The institutions showed a lot of enthusiasm towards the ODeL Centers and most have been integrated into the University Programs.
Under Phase II of the Multinational Project, the AVU is currently establishing new Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) centers while upgrading existing AVU Learning Centers in targeted 27 Partner Institutions. AVU will also support provision of the required ICT equipment and internet connectivity. In Total, 16 new centers will be established and 13 upgraded. Two additional centers will be established at AVU Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and at the Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal.