The AVU ODeLPD Program is a project targeted at enabling African Partner Institutions to design, develop, deliver, and manage their own ODeL programs. Each institution nominates a team of six faculty or staff – participants committed to learning about ODeL and to putting the acquired knowledge into action.
The ODeLPD program began with a workshop attended by 96 participants in Nairobi. The next step is to do online training where the participants will complete three core modules and then specialize in one of three streams: Instructional Design, Technology, or Management. In each of these streams, there are three additional modules.
Throughout the program, the participants will develop a plan for an ODeL program at their own institution. At the same time, they will work together, across universities, in a community of practice to support each other. Once the program ends, the participants will have the goal of implementing their ODeL programs. They will also have the task of training their colleagues in their institutions on the subject of ODeL programs. The purpose of this approach is for each institution to build a strong enough skill base to see to the successful launch of their ODeL programs. Ultimately, the aim of this program is for universities to reach a greater number of students and provide them with high-quality university education.