Learning Department (DLD) formerly Global Distance Learning Centre (GDLC) is a
department of Uganda Management Institute (UMI). The GDLC was established in
June 2000 to improve the cost-effectiveness of capacity building efforts in
public, private and NGO sectors in Uganda. It is both a service and
training department. The department is a node within the Global
Development Learning Network (GDLN) of Distance Learning Centres (DLCs) with
multimedia learning environments that have full voice, video and data
connectivity to each other worldwide. Its total membership is in excess of 120
Centres in nearly 80 different countries around the world. The Centres make up
the World Bank’s supported Global Distance Learning Network (GDLN). Within the
GDLN, 14 of the Centres are located in Africa. The 14 Centres,
including Uganda DLC, formed a network known as the Association of African
Distance Learning Centres (AADLC) that at times collectively bargains for
business worldwide for its members.
The GDLC was
initially set up to test the effectiveness and sustainability of a distance
learning centre (as part of a global sharing programme) in supporting capacity
building programmes for the public and private sector in Uganda – to enable
people learn in their home environments without costly travel or work
disruptions. Indeed, since the opening of the Centre hundreds of distance
learning programmes sourced through the World Bank Institute have been
conducted at the Centre. From its inception, the Centre has mainly
conducted courses, dialogues, meetings, conferences, workshops, etc. through
the video conference, face-to-face, skype and teleconferencing modes.
The Centre has
a multimedia laboratory that has full voice, video and data connectivity
to other sites. The computer labs are also equipped with 35 flat screen
computers with 24 hours high speed internet connectivity. The computer lab has
a sitting capacity of 50 persons. The labs are available for hire at very
competitive rates to the public.
There is also a
video conference hall with a sitting capacity of 60 persons. The video
conference hall allows video connectivity on a bandwidth of 512kps up and
512kps down. The bandwidth can be increased on demand. The video
conferencing facility can be hired out to the public at equally very affordable
rates. Organizations and individuals can utilize the video conferencing
facility capable of connecting Uganda to other countries for meetings,
workshops, thesis defence, international job interviews, etc. at affordable
rates that cut out travel and other related costs abroad.
The Centre has
a staff strength of six persons available to provide you with a customer
friendly atmosphere to facilitate learning.
The Centre also
runs e-learning courses in collaboration with other partners like Gatlin of
France; GAPSET of USA, OTE academy of Greece, Tokyo DLC, Kenya DLC and Tanzania
DLC. The Centre also facilitates regional e-learning programmes (short courses)
to Kenya DLC, Tanzania DLC and Madagascar DLC.
To provide and coordinate distance learning programmes and learning support
services to improve the management capacity of public, private and NGO sectors.
Objectives of the
capacity in critical management and technical fields to lead to the
achievement of the Government’s goal of eradicating poverty and promoting
partnership through exchange of experience and knowledge between Uganda’s
development community and decision makers in various countries.
strategic alliances with partners (Government Ministries and NGO sectors,
donors, training institutions, ICT providers and civil society) to share
training content, transform the content into learning products and deliver
it through video conferencing, net conferencing, web-based and CD-ROM
methods to in-country, regional and international audiences.
wider audiences, offer content from a wider range of services and reach a
critical mass of participants through e-learning.
public, private and NGO sector officers to hold meetings through video
conferencing locally, regionally and internationally.