Sharebility Uganda is a centralized platform for educationists to publish, share and market their digital teaching and learning content. Sharebility Uganda is Crowdsourcing Digital Educational Resources to aid the
new trend of ICT Integration and digital pedagogy in schools.
Sharebility Uganda consists of the following:
- An open digital resource pool of relevant, locally prepared appropriately categorized, educational content. Some resources are premium and accessible at a fee – Sharebility Uganda earns commission from such sales. – https://sharebility.net/
- A public eLearning platform with free and paid courses – targeting nursery, primary and secondary school teachers and learners at https://elearning.sharebility.net/– plus similar private custom systems built for schools
Addressing Current Need for Homeschooling during COVID19 and after
In response to school closure over the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have accelerated efforts to connect teachers and pool many resources to support home schooling in Uganda and beyond.
Many schools are sharing digital educational resources through social media and on eLearning sections of their websites, and we are sourcing and putting them into a centralised pool for wider access.
We believe that by pooling resources and taking advantage of each other’s expertise, learning providers can build adequate capacity, reduce redundancy in infrastructure and reduce costs.
The Sharebility Uganda project is promoting the spirit of sharing educational resources in schools. This helps because the time and cost that would have been incurred by an institution, to solely create all curriculum content, is shareable through collaboration.
This project is in line with international efforts like the Open Educational Resources (OERs) (https://www.oercommons.org) movement which connect networks of educationists to freely share resources for facilitating the human right to access high-quality education.
One of the teacher networks through which we source resources is the ICT Teachers Association of Uganda (https://www.ictteachersug.net) where I currently serve as national coordinator.
How Sharebility Promotes Education In Rural Areas
Most of the learners in Uganda are in rural schools such as UPE/USE schools. These schools don’t have well equipped school libraries. Although many schools have recently obtained computers through programs such as UCC’s RCDF (https://goo.gl/YLTp9c), most of the teachers don’t have the necessary skills and resources to make good teaching and learning materials and fully utilize the computers like their counterparts in modern schools. Even access to the internet alone many not solve the scarcity of digital teaching and learning resources in Uganda because scattered documents on the World Wide Web are not tailored and categorized according to the Ugandan syllabus, making it difficult for teachers and students to find reliable academic information.
Sharebility Uganda overcomes many of the challenges involved in reaching the underserved students in rural areas through:
- Promoting the spirit of cooperation/collaboration between teachers in various schools across the country by building a culture of sharing and receiving open digital educational resources.
- Ensuring that quality educational resources reach remote schools and disadvantaged communities, thereby narrowing or bridging the gap between the urban and rural schools.
- Training teachers and students in e-learning and the integration of ICT in the teaching and learning process through workshops and seminars -(https://goo.gl/b2vtMt) and (https://goo.gl/jXLas8).
- Enhancing 21st Century skills through sharing innovative teaching/learning practices in schools for educational transformation.
ICTs provide an array of powerful tools that can help in transforming the present isolated, teacher-centered and text-bound classrooms into rich, student-focused, interactive knowledge environments. By pooling resources and taking advantage of each other’s expertise, learning providers can build adequate capacity, reduce redundancy in infrastructure and reduce costs. The design of a distributed heterogeneous educational resource sharing platform enables the inter-connection, inter-communication and sharing, reduces the cost of educational resources and speeds up the process of access to resources for teaching and learning. Consequently, the time and cost that would have been incurred by an institution is sharable amongst the partners through a give-and-take commitment. A map visualization of registered users of Sharebility per district in Uganda is available here.