Leveraging Blended Virtual and In-Person Learning to Empower Ugandan Schools

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program (Fulbright DAST) 2023 Project Information

Project Overview

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Location: Kampala, Uganda

Project Dates: June 5 – July 14, 2023

Project Length: 6 weeks

Summary: A U.S. educator specializing in blended learning techniques (online and in-person) will share their expertise with Ugandan school administrators.

Host Institution Information

Name / Department: Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES)

Type: Ugandan Ministry of Education

Website: https://www.education.go.ug/

About: The Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) is divided into three directorates: Directorate of Education Standards, Directorate of Basic and Secondary Education, and Directorate of Higher, Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Under the Directorate of Education Standards, school inspections are conducted across all schools in Uganda in which in-person monitoring, evaluation, and support supervision are prioritized. The following factors are evaluated during the inspection: learning environment (e.g., management of school infrastructure, inclusive practice, security, safety, discipline guidelines), effective teaching and learning (e.g., learning outcomes, assessment of learners, teacher preparation and lesson delivery), school management. (e.g., teacher and learner attendance, financial management, leadership and governance, school improvement plans, monitoring, and supervision of quality of teaching), and involvement of parents and community. Feedback noting strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations are provided to the institutions. Performance gaps are identified, and action plans are created to address each individual schools’ challenge. The MOES is operating in-person.

The selected Fulbright participant will be based at the Ugandan Ministry of Education.

Project Information

Background: COVID-19 presented significant challenges to the MOES as nearly all schools in Uganda were unable to operate virtually. Despite limited knowledge and resources for online learning, the Directorate of Education Standards set out to design guidelines for virtual education and equip educators with the ability to teach online through the development an online curriculum and platform. Approaches and practices were borrowed from other education systems in order to quickly put something in place. However, this resulted in a system inadequately designed for the community at hand and an online platform insufficiently utilized. As the pandemic lingers on and the desire to permanently integrate online learning into the curriculum increases, the need to better equip educators with the knowledge, skills, and systems to effectively conduct blended learning is as important as ever.

Goals: The U.S. educator will conduct trainings for school administrators from central and northern regions of Uganda on effective methods for blended teaching and learning. The Directorate of Education Standards is interested in utilizing platforms such as Zoom, Google Classroom, and other free platforms/apps via Google Classrooms. Training in how to blend virtual and in-person learning techniques will provide school administrators with the necessary skills and resources to better equip their educators with guidelines on how to develop online materials, lessons, and assessment modalities. It is hoped that the successful implementation of this project will result in the permanent implementation of blended learning in Ugandan classrooms which will boost student learning outcomes and provide a way for Ugandan schools to continue teaching during various natural and man-made disruptions that require educators and students to operate remotely.

Activities: Leading seminars, workshops, or other teacher professional development for educators; conducting needs assessments, surveys, institutional or programmatic research; consulting with administrators and/or instructors on faculty development; developing academic curricula or educational materials; advising Ministry of Education or other educational institutions on educational policies and projects or participating in educational consultations; and other education capacity building activities that meet host institution goals

Target Beneficiaries: School administrators

Qualifications of Selected Applicant

Teaching Level: Primary or secondary (grades K-12)

Years of Teaching Experience: 3+ years required

Subject Area Expertise: Teacher Training, Technology/Computer Science; Blended Learning

Language Requirement: None

Program Resources

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact FulbrightDAST@irex.org.