November 1st 2017, GetIN was rolled out in Kanungu District and to date the total number of young pregnant women reached by this initiative in Kanungu alone is 1000 women. They have been provided with information about access to Antenatal services, the benefits of attending ANC, and how to go about delivering at the hospital.
Since most women die due to unskilled maternal health care delivery services, GetIN believes that linking pregnant girls to health facilities for ANC, delivery and post par-tum care services will help reduce the high rate of maternal deaths in Uganda.
The GetIN team continues to support health workers in reaching out to young pregnant women by giving them access to a smart phone and the GetIN App. This enables the health workers to enter these women into the system so as to follow up and monitor them. The team also does technical visits to support health workers on any technology related issues on using the app.
On August 3rd 2018, GetIN was rolled out in Bundibugyo as a continuation of their successful pilot launch in Kanunugu district.
On Friday 17th August 2018 Mr. Godfrey Onyiat defended his doctoral thesis - A Model for Personalizing Learning in an E-Learning System supervised by Prof. Gilbert Maiga and Prof. Jude Lubega.
Prior to the paradigm shift to learner-centred learning, instructor-centred learning and mass education dominated the education system. This worked because the numbers of learners, their diversity and demands were closely related. With the increasing demand for higher education, diversity of learners and their varying learner needs, this approach is no longer satisfactory. This has caused dissatisfaction among the learners, leading to learner unrest, increasing learner drop-out and failure rates. Hence, a model for personalizing learning in an e-learning system is necessary to address the learner diversity, varying learner needs.
The study was set to come up with a model for personalizing learning in an e-learning system. This was done by identifying the factors for institutional readiness for e-learning, the requirements for personalized learning, propose a model that supports personalizing learning, and to evaluate it. A survey was conducted to gather requirements for the model using questionnaire and interview methods. Four hundred (400) second and third year Information Technology students and their corresponding lecturers were purposively selected from both public and private universities in Uganda. The data was analysed using SPSS and the results were used to extend the model for personalizing learning. Seventy (70) Information Technology Instructors from the study sample evaluated the model using a questionnaire and expert opinions to establish the relationship between personalized learning and institutional readiness for e-learning; and its applicability in the real world.
The results indicate that the extended model is suitable for personalizing learning in an e-learning system. The study identified two (2) themes for personalizing learning in an e-learning system: institutional readiness for e-learning and personalized learning. The following factors were established for determining personalized learning: commitment, motivation, engagement, and experience; while for institutional readiness for e-learning are: awareness, institutional culture, management support, feedback, technology, human resource, and reliability. These are linked to both improved e-learning implementation and successful personalized learning. From a practical point of view, it provides a generic model that can guide practitioners in personalizing and implementing e-learning.
After close scrutiny of his research and addressing several open-ended questions, the examination committee that comprised of Assoc. Prof. Rwashana, Dr. Agaba, Dr. Kivunike, Dr. Kahiigi, Dr. Bagarukayo and Assoc. Prof. Owiny accepted Mr. Onyiat’s research with major revisions in content and format (with one committee member responsible for overseeing and approving the major revisions before the final copies are submitted).
On the 6th August 2018 Mr. Peter Ochieng defended his doctoral thesis - A Large Scale Ontology Matching Tool Based on a Statistical Predictive Model. He was supervised by Dr. Kyanda Swaib Kawaase and Dr. Johnson Mwebaze.
Ontologies have become more pervasive in Computer Science and especially in the semantic web. They provide the consensual formal vocabulary to be shared between applications. Through ontologies, new generations of semantic applications such as semantic search, semantic portal, intelligent advisory systems, semantic middleware and semantic software engineering techniques have been developed. However, due to the decentralized nature of ontologies development, ontologies within a given domain naturally become heterogeneous hence limiting semantic integration of different applications. In this thesis, we implement a statistically based ontology matching system which effectively aligns two large heterogeneous ontologies.
We integrate techniques in the ontology matching tool such that the space and time complexities challenge associated with large ontologies matching can be effectively minimized. By surveying the existing ontology matching tools and approaches, we identified a number of research gaps which limit their effectiveness during large ontology matching. Key among the challenges identified is the lack of adequate techniques to address the high space and time complexities associated with matching large ontologies. In order to reduce space complexity, this thesis implements an ontology partitioning technique using spectral clustering.
To address the challenge of time complexity, we use the Single Instruction Multiple Data parallelization technique (SIMD). We finally implement a tag-based alignment repair technique to ensure high quality mappings. In summary this thesis implements techniques that reduce the space, time complexity and ensure quality of entity mappings of two large ontologies.
The examination committee that comprised Assoc. Prof. Maiga, Dr. Zawedde, Dr. Mirembe, Dr. Nabende, Dr. Mwebaze, Dr. Nakakawa and Dr. Balikudembe engaged with Mr. Ochieng and asked several questions regarding his research and his thesis. The committee then had a closed-door session to deliberate over Mr. Ochieng defense that was then accepted with minor revisions (no further approval required).
You are invited for a Seminar on on Monday 23rd April from 11.00-12.30 in Block B, E-Services Lab.
Topic: Internal and External Crisis Communication of Public Organizations
Presenter: Alice Srugies from the Division of Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
For planning purposes, those interested in attending, kindly register your interest on the following two field form:
More details about the presenter and the presentation will be shared soon.
N.B. This seminar has been organized outside the usual schedule of DI seminars due to the limited availability of the Guest.
The College will be hosting a career talk event for SCIT students that will give students the opportunity to
• Learn about various opportunities, possibilities & future prospects in the
world of ICT especially in Uganda.
• Get the guidance needed to set your ICT career on the right track
• Meet and Interact with leading ICT industry practitioners
This career initiative to help the respective participants understand their core niche in the ever growing world of ICT and the Ugandan environment.
CoCIS hosted the General Manager and Country Manager for ICDL Africa on the 22nd February 2018. The aim of the meeting was for the stakeholders to meet and keep track on what is going on with the ICDL programme at the Centre, exchange new ideas and the attest trends within ICDL, and meet the current cohort of ICDL students under the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship programme. The Ms. Nalubega (Head, Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development) representing the Prof. T. Oyanna (Principal, CoCIS) welcomed the ICDL team and other CiPSD members. She then provided Mr. Michael Niyitegeka, (Country Manager, ICDL) the opportunity to provide a brief background on the current status of ICDL in Uganda.
Mr. Etinick Mutinda (General Manager, ICDL Africa) then followed with an overview of ICDL in Africa. He was pleased with the opportunity to visit Makerere University, the Accredited Test Centre (ATC) in Uganda and was pleased with the progress shown. During his presentation, he remarked and noted the following;
1. Makerere University COCIS is a big brand and has been earmarked to be a centre of excellence and reference point for the other training centres.
2. Government entities should be encouraged to take on ICDL certification as a standard for digital literacy as it is in Kenya and Rwanda.
3. The need for a core marketing function at the Centre.
4. Encourage the centres to organize sales workshops on how to unlock the potential of ICDL. E.g. Look out for what the employers want in terms of ICT skills (Digital literacy).
In forge a way forward both teams decided on the need for;
1. The College to have a dedicated Centre with its own network.
2. Capacity building for future incoming projects in terms of resources both human and IT hardware/software etc.
3. Sensitization of top management of about ICDL.
4. Exploring the potential of ICDL at the University level.
MasterCard Foundation scholarship students doing ICDL certification
In concluding the meeting, the ICDL team met with several students from the ICDL and MasterCard Foundation Scholarship program in which students provided testimonials. For example;
1. The students appreciated ICDL, a lot has been learnt. They are able to use their laptops efficiently. It has helped them with their class work in terms of presentation, documentation etc.
2. ICDL and CoCIS should endeavour to sensitize the Makerere University students and the surrounding community about the benefits of ICDL. Most people are ignorant about it.
3. The scholars who have found ICDL very useful should market it at their respective Colleges etc.
4. ICDL is very relevant with/to class work, independence and navigating the internet.
Mike Tartakovsky, the director of the NIH Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology (OCICB) will visit CoCIS on Tuesday 20th March 2018 9-10: 00 am. The aim of this visit is to exchange ideas on how to implement the Bioinformatics PhD and MSc Curricula under the BRecA project. BRecA is an NIH training grant in collaboration with CoCIS, CoNAS, MakCHS and CoVAB at Makerere University.
In support of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS) has sponsored CoCIS students and bought 100 Tickets and MakRun 2018 T-shirts for Sunday, 25th March 2018
As one of the strategies to raise funds for the University, the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) –was established in 2014. MakEF under its mandate to achieve long term financial sustainability for the University started the MakRun.
The first edition of the MakRun in 2017 was a great start, thanks to contributions from The Right Honourable Speaker and Members of Parliament, Corporate sponsors such as; dfcu Bank. Centenary Bank, Tullow Oil, NSSF, Coca Cola, NBS Television, BBS Telefayina and the Nation Media Group as well as Gallant Alumni, Staff, Students, well wishers and friends of Makerere University.
Thanks to your support, we collected UGX247,845,000 (Two hundred forty seven million eight hundred forty five thousand Uganda Shillings).
All proceeds from the MakRun are aimed at supporting the Fund’s inaugural project, the “Students Centre”, estimated to cost UGX15 billion.
We are therefore once again rallying your support for this noble cause, by urging you all to warm up and get ready to participate in the MakRun 2018 scheduled on Sunday, 25th March 2018, starting at 6:00am in the Freedom Square with warm up exercises.
Tickets are now on sale at UGX15,000/= for students, UGX25,000/= for the Silver and UGX50,000/= for the Gold.
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Huawei in partnership with Makerere University (College of Computing and IS) and the Ministry of Education and Sports on 8th March 2018 launched the third edition of the Huawei Seeds for the Future program 2018.
The Huawei Seeds for the Future program which started in 2016 is an all-expense-paid two-week program to China (one week in Beijing and one week in Shenzhen). The program allows 10 students (seeds) to develop their ICT skills, gain practical international work experience, and receiving an introduction to Chinese language and culture that will prepare them for an increasingly interconnected global job market.
The 10 that will be selected for Huawei Seeds for the Future program 2018 are scheduled to leave for China on 6th April 2018 for two weeks and during the launch got a chance to hear testimony from one of the previous seeds Ms. Maria Drolence Mwanje (Student, Mbarara University of Science & Technology). Speaking in Chinese, Maria thanked the sponsors for the opportunity they provided her and the other seeds of 2017. She reiterated that the opportunity to travel and fly for the first time highlighted some of her accomplishments for 2017 and that she is currently interning at the Huawei Uganda office.
Also speaking at the launch, Mr. Muzamilu Mukwatampola (Ag. Commissioner for Higher Education, Ministry of Education & Sports) thanked Huawei for providing this opportunity that has helped the seeds get exposed to the latest in knowledge transfer, teaching and research capabilities, ICT trends, and hands-on ICT training.
Mr. Patrick Muinda (Assistant Commissioner, Communications & Information Management) also thanked Huawei for this initiative. He encouraged the seeds to seize this opportunity to enhance their theoretical skills by getting as much exposure as possible in terms of hands-on practical skills.
Representing Makerere University and the College of Computing and IS was Ms. Barbara Nalubega (Head, Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development) who pledged to continuously provide support towards the program for the betterment of the seeds.
Mr. Chu Maoming (Deputy Chief of Mission, Chinese Embassy) noted that the since opening diplomatic ties with Uganda in 1962, the program is a good example of Chinese companies carrying out win-win cooperation fulfilling the well-being of all Ugandans through Corporate Social Responsibility.