By James Otai
Victoria University recently launched a Vodafone Jump Academy; an event that was officiated at the University Premises. John Ndego, the Vodafone Chief Executive Officer says that digital learning is the way to go in today’s digitized world. Moses Kilama, an ICT student at Victoria University also said the initiative will go a long way in helping students understand concepts better. He further emphasized that the tutorials are entirely free to all Vodafone subscribers. Nthia Ayeza, the JUMP editor for Education category expressed optimism towards the Academy saying: “The conversational-style tutorials; which move away from the typical lecture-hall style, will fuse theory and practice in one, which is an opportunity for wholesome learning. “I encourage young people to take advantage of this opportunity because it will give them the opportunity to access beneficial information at the tip of their fingers.” Ndego further says digital learning is the way to go in today’s digitized world.
Joseph Nyakaana, the acting Vice Chancellor Victoria University also said: “Students must understand that when they go to university and out of it, they get a mandate to make a change in their lives and society as well.” “Parents consider their children to be like ATM machines, but higher education is not. The expectations of society must be addressed through hands on experience, internship programmes, study work programmes, student ambassador programmes ought to be emphasized. “We need an out of class pedagogy to churn out graduates that are to work and market ready,” Nyakaana added.
The JUMP Academy comprises a series of recorded lecture videos; that cut across various subjects based on the Uganda university curriculum.
The 15 minutes videos show topical tutorials by different lecturers and will be uploaded regularly. The pioneering and partner lecturers on the Academy will be from a range of universities notably; Victoria University, Kyambogo University, African Bible College, Kampala International University and Makerere University Business School among others.