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e-SHE Multimedia Studio Establishment

The e-Learning for Strengthening Higher Education Project (e-SHE) has made fast progress towards achieving the infrastructure thematic area goals set forth. The project team has witnessed the successful installation and commissioning of the Multimedia Studios at Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Hawassa and Jimma Universities, marking a significant milestone in the mission to enhance educational resources across Ethiopia.
The Addis Ababa University President Dr. Samule Kifle, Hawassa University President Dr. Ayano Berasso, Jimma University President Dr. Jemal Abafita and Dire Dawa University Academic Vice President Dr. Megersa Kasim, have visited the new multimedia studios established in their respective campuses. With four installations completed and only one more to go, this momentum continues as the e-SHE project prepares to finalize the studio at Bahirdar University in the upcoming week.
One of the e-SHE Partnership’s primary intervention areas is the construction of state-of-the-art multimedia studios, which will be essential for producing high-quality digital content to introduce e-learning in Ethiopia’s public universities. The Partnership has been undertaking the construction of five multimedia studios at the five resource center universities. Once completed, these multimedia resource centers will provide services to the host and other cluster universities until each establishes a center of its own. They are also meant to serve as prototypes for future multimedia studio investments by the Ministry of Education, universities, and partner organizations.

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e-SHE LMS / SIS

The e-SHE project is speeding up the rollout of Learning Management System (LMS) across the 50 public universities in Ethiopia! Currently, Arizona State University in collaboration with the local e-SHE and university e-learning teams have created 20 customized LMS platforms for universities. Additionally, four more platforms are in the pipeline. Single Sign-On (SSO) configuration has also been completed for 46 universities. In order for ICT staff in universities to efficiently run their respective university’s LMS, our initiative has extended its reach by providing training to equip them with the necessary skills. So far, 109 system administrators from 40 universities have been onboarded to capacity-building training that will enable them to manage LMS efficiently.

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e-SHE’s Onboarding Campaign at Addis Ababa University

On Thursday, Dec 21, 2023, the e-SHE team and the e-Learning coordinators from Addis Ababa University launched a campaign at the university’s orientation program for new students. The campaign focused on introducing the e-SHE platform to the incoming class and getting them started on the Student Success Suite courses already available on the e-learning portal. Representatives from the student council and youth advisory board facilitated the campaign, sparking enthusiasm among the freshers who were eager to learn about and register on the platform. We’re excited to see these new students embark on their learning journey with e-SHE!

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e-SHE Graduation Ceremony!

Major Milestone for e-SHE!

We are thrilled to announce that the e-Learning for Strengthening Higher Education (e-SHE) project has reached a significant milestone. We have graduated 51 instructors who have completed capacity-building training to initiate digital education in higher education institutions in Ethiopia.

The graduation ceremony was a grand event, held in the presence of our partners and stakeholders at Dire Dawa University.

Training Program Details

32 instructors from various Ethiopian government institutions of higher learning underwent an 8-month training program in Instructional Design and Performance Improvement at Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

On December 12, 2023, they successfully graduated with a graduate certificate. In addition, the program also granted a Training of Trainers (ToT) certificate to 19 teachers who participated in the Master Class Training of Trainers at the college.

In partnership with Arizona State University, the program has been providing training sessions to enhance the capacity of instructors in designing and preparing digital education. These sessions include Master Class Training, Master Class Training of Trainers, and Instructional Design and Performance Improvement.

We are excited about the future of digital education in Ethiopia’s higher education institutions and look forward to seeing the impact of our graduates in their respective institutions. 

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e-SHE Safeguarding Training

The e-Learning for Strengthening Higher Education (e-SHE) program, which is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Education, Mastercard Foundation, Arizona State University (ASU), Shayashone PLC (SYS), and the 50 public universities, organized a two-day training on safeguarding for its staff members in collaboration with the Foundation at Best Western Plus Hotel on November 21 and 22, 2023.

In the training session in which 12 e-SHE staff members took part, the topics focused on an introduction to safeguarding, power, and privilege, the fundamental pillars of safeguarding (awareness, prevention, reporting, and responding), and the draft Safeguarding Policy for SYS.

Dr. Getahun Mekonen from e-SHE delivered the training, while Monaliza Bekele, Mastercard Foundation’s Safeguarding Lead also took part in the sessions, and clarified important issues related to safeguarding.

With the view to setting the stage for productive training, the e-SHE staff was given the chance to reflect on their expectations and concerns about the training. Accordingly, their reflections guided the course of the training, particularly in making it more focused on practical aspects in the e-SHE context. The training was delivered in a manner that considers the program’s contexts to make it relevant and applicable to its activities.

In light of safeguarding, the group discussion, presentation, and reflection sessions focused on how power affects the issues of safeguarding in the program, what situation of power exercise can expose the program to safeguarding risks, the safeguarding risks that the staff anticipate in e-SHE program implementation, the most vulnerable groups, how to mitigate the identified risks and the possible barriers to responding to safeguarding risks (the specific contexts of young people and staff members).

The e-SHE staff members actively participated in the discussions and presentations and forwarded their comments on the draft safeguarding policy. They reflected on incidents of safeguarding issues that might arise due to power and privilege issues on staff, students, and instructors involved in the program. The e-SHE staff members also identified safeguarding issues in the implementation of the program, the most vulnerable groups to safeguarding risks, and the means to mitigate the risks identified.

One of the major focuses of the training was the e-SHE members’ discussion on preparing a safeguarding policy for SYS. As e-SHE is not an organization, but rather a program, that involves several stakeholders including the five implementing partners and program targets, the participants raised their concerns that this setup makes it difficult to prepare a Safeguarding Policy. Hence, they agreed the preparation of the safeguarding policy shall fall under the umbrella of SYS. This will also enable to use of the policy in other programs implemented by SYS. The team also formed groups and forwarded their respective comments on the draft Safeguarding Policy.

They also discussed issues related to staff’s relationship with other community members outside of their work in terms of the safeguarding principles and inclusiveness in the preparation of e-learning content. The participants reached a consensus that understanding power helps to recognize and prevent the risk of abuse and exploitation. Hence, the program needs to put in place policies and practices to prevent, report, and respond to incidents of safeguarding.

As a way forward, the team agreed to:

    1. Incorporating the comments and revising the policy document for endorsement,
    2. Sharing the draft policy with the Ministry of Education and ASU to incorporate their feedback and organizing a briefing session for them as well,
    3. Sharing the policy document with the SYS legal advisor so that they can review it from a legal perspective and
    4. Aligning the Human Resource Manual, contracts, and agreements with the safeguarding
      policy.

Multimedia Studios Tripartite MoU Signing

The e-SHE project team organized the University Leadership Engagement Workshop event on August 25 and 26, 2023. As a side event, the Ministry of Education, Shayashone PLC, and the five Resource Center Universities have signed a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding to establish five multimedia studies in each university as a milestone platform to produce digital education content.

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University Leadership Engagement Workshop

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Overview

The e-SHE project team organized the University Leadership Engagement Workshop event on August 25 and 26, 2023. The event consisted of a welcoming dinner, the university leadership engagement workshop, a resource center universities quarterly meeting, an academic vice presidents business dinner, and the signing of a tripartite MoU.

The events brought together representatives from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Shayashone PLC, Arizona State University, and the five resource center universities.

Discussions focused on the implementation of e-learning in Ethiopian higher education institutions, with participants sharing their experiences, challenges, and recommendations.

Welcoming Dinner

The welcoming dinner was held on the evening of August 24, 2023. The project team undertook networking and team introduction activities. They also distributed promotional material (brochures, notebooks, business card holders) and briefed the guests about the event.

University Leadership Engagement Workshop

The workshop was held on August 25 and 26, 2023. Participants included the senior leadership of the MoE, presidents, vice presidents, academic vice presidents, as well as ICT directors and e-learning coordinators of universities, and the e-SHE project team members.

Resource Center Universities Quarterly Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the resource center universities was held on August 26, 2023. The ICT directors and e-learning coordinators of four of the five resource center universities (Jimma, Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, and Hawassa) discussed the Quarter 2 progress review, (plan, result, and lessons learned) and Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 planning (plan, potential challenges, and key interventions needed) for each thematic area with the project team.

Academic Vice Presidents Business Dinner

The business dinner was held on August 26, 2023. Yared Sertse from the e-SHE team presented the five-year and year 2 e-SHE targets, human resource development indices for cluster-lead universities, human resource development progression scorecard, and major challenges and call for action to the Academic Vice Presidents (AVPs).

Tripartite MoU Signing

The tripartite MoU was signed between the Ministry of Education, Shayashone PLC, and the five resource center universities on August 25, 2023. The MoU established five multimedia studies in each university as a milestone platform to produce digital education content.

Conclusion

Key outcomes included the identification of priority areas for collaboration, the development of an e-learning policy and guidelines, and the signing of a tripartite MoU to establish five multimedia studios in each resource center university.

Overall, the events provided a platform for stakeholders to engage in dialogue and work towards the common goal of improving access to quality education through e-learning in Ethiopia.

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National e-Learning Policy and Institutional Guideline Validation Workshop

National e-Learing Policy and Institutional Guideline Validation Workshop Photo

Introduction

A two-day workshop on e-learning and digital education was recently conducted in Ethiopia, bringing together educators, policymakers, and experts to explore the potential of technology in transforming the country’s education system. The workshop aimed to support ongoing educational reforms and foster a deeper understanding of e-learning initiatives within Ethiopia.

 

Registration and Self Introduction

The workshop commenced with participants introducing themselves and their respective organizations. This provided an opportunity for attendees to familiarize themselves with one another and establish connections for future collaborations.

Keynote Speech

The event featured keynote speakers who delivered insightful speeches on the pivotal role of technology in revolutionizing education and meeting the evolving socio-economic demands of the 21st century. Emphasizing the need for digital technologies in education, the speakers highlighted the significance of personalized learning, mobile devices, and blended learning approaches.

Presentations and Discussion

A series of presentations were delivered, covering topics such as the e-SHE intervention, national e-learning policies, e-learning institutional guidelines, and a baseline study. These presentations served as a foundation for in-depth discussions on various aspects of e-learning, including governance, infrastructure, quality assurance, and resource sharing. Participants actively engaged in these discussions, exchanging ideas and experiences to foster a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing e-learning initiatives.

The Role of Various Stakeholders

Group discussions focused on delineating the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in sustaining e-learning initiatives. Participants shared their perspectives on the involvement of policymakers, educational institutions, technology providers, and the private sector in driving the successful implementation of e-learning programs. The aim was to establish a collaborative framework that would leverage the strengths of each stakeholder to maximize the impact of e-learning in Ethiopia.

Emerging Issues and Solutions

Throughout the workshop, participants raised pertinent questions and provided valuable feedback on crucial aspects such as governance, financing, data security, accountability, and standardization in e-learning. These discussions shed light on the challenges faced by the Ethiopian education system in adopting digital technologies effectively. In response, the consultants leading the workshop committed to compiling the participants’ comments and proposing potential solutions to address these emerging issues.

The Way Forward

To ensure the sustained progress of e-learning initiatives in Ethiopia, the workshop concluded with the decision to establish a national e-learning think tank. This think tank would serve as a platform for ongoing collaboration, research, and guidance in the field of e-learning. Additionally, participants discussed the specific roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in implementing e-learning strategies effectively, thereby charting a clear path forward for the integration of digital technologies in Ethiopian education.

Conclusion

The workshop on e-learning and digital education in Ethiopia proved to be a significant step towards embracing technological advancements in the country’s education sector. By bringing together key stakeholders, fostering discussions, and identifying key challenges and potential solutions, the workshop laid the groundwork for a comprehensive and sustainable approach to e-learning implementation. With a focus on collaboration and innovation, Ethiopia is poised to leverage technology to enhance access, quality, and effectiveness in education, ensuring a brighter future for its students.

The full comprehensive report on the National e-Learning Policy and Institutional Guideline Validation Workshop is available for download below.