Recent times have shown that the provision of public services, including higher education, can be severely affected by crises. Whether originating from sanitary or security circumstances, these events can prevent youth - and especially vulnerable youths - from receiving quality higher education. In this sense, the need for (partially) digitalised access to higher education has become increasingly apparent and necessary.
This project aims to increase the resilience of the higher education system in Niger by working on several areas that are crucial for the sustainable development of such digital education developments: technology, pedagogy, regulation and economy. Through combining efforts at these levels, the project consortium – which includes government stakeholders – aims to build a resilient basis for Niger’s higher education system, protecting it from temporary closures in the face of crises.
In terms of the technology, the project will support the implementation of a digital distance learning platform (LMS or Learning Management System) for all departments of the Abdou Moumouni University (UAM) in Niger, the country’s oldest and largest university. The objective of the project is to provide the necessary conditions to scale-up the use of said LMS to other academic institutions in Niger.
The platform that will be set up will be common to the whole university, with specific portals for each department, and for each training course. The project’s LMS will allow to provide the necessary conditions for action-based learning.
The main advantage of this activity-based model is that you can combine activities into sequences and groups, which can help you guide participants through their learning path. In the used LMS, there are many other tools that simplify the creation of learning communities, including blogs, instant messaging, participant lists, etc.
The project aims to achieve the following interlinked results:
- Together will all stakeholders, define the regulatory framework and economic model for hybrid and/or distance learning at national level;
- At university and ministerial level, the project aims to establish a multi-stakeholder techno-pedagogy task force to support and facilitate the digital transition of the UAM’s education;
- Based on these first experiences, the project aims to stimulate the digital transition of higher education throughout Niger. It will do so by carefully documenting, publishing and promoting its lessons learned and good practices.
- 100 university teachers will be trained in the design, scripting and posting of courses on the university’s LMS
- 10 techno-pedagogues will be mobilised in order to facilitate the digitalisation transition of university courses