Over 20 students and Faculty from The National University of Rwanda (NUR), on Friday, concluded a one-week training in the use of multimedia for instruction, as part of the university’s efforts to explore modern ways of delivering knowledge to its students.
The training was organised by the University Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) in partnership with L’Agence Internationale de la Franconcophonie (AUF), an association of universities and higher learning institutions of La Francophonie.
The trainees learnt how to produce audio-visual course material as well as camera manipulation and image editing.
Speaking to The New Times, Dr Evode Mukama, the CIT Director, noted that with the new teaching method, the quality of education at the university is likely to improve.
“With multimedia, one lecturer can simultaneously reach students here in Butare, Kigali and elsewhere in the country or outside,” Mukama said.
He added that with the use of technology, the cost of education will significantly drop, especially the cost of field trips for students and lab experiences.
“Students will no longer have to sit in class to learn; instead they will access the audio-visual material from wherever they are and learn by themselves” Mukama said.
Meanwhile, the University’s acting Vice Rector for Academics, Dr Herman Musahara, hailed the technology development. He said it is a milestone in the development of the education sector, which will result to positive revolution if exploited well.
“In this IT era, multimedia is very important in education. The more we move from traditional to modern, the more we can improve as a higher learning institution,” Musahara noted.
Speaking at the closure of the training, the Great Lakes Region Director for AUF, Jean Paul Mortelette urged the participants to use the skills they acquired for the benefit of the entire university community. He emphasized on using the skills for academic purposes.
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