The Uganda Institute of Communication Technology senior I.T instructor Engineer Sam Waniala has applauded ICDL for establishing an efficient testing platform that fits the needs of the community and time. While speaking to the country ICDL Market Development Executive, Dan Muhenda, Eng. Sam who is currently leading a team of other trainers to deliver training and testing of 800 students at the institute through virtual system said Skillsbox is evidence of a long-awaited answered prayer for many certified ICDL trainers.
“To deliver ICDL programmes through online media was a great experience for me, having been training for 4 years in a physical classroom environment. I was a lead instructor in the Digital Literacy Program conducted by the Uganda Institute of Communication and Information Technology (UICT); a bit skeptical at the beginning but was in for some pleasant surprise. The absence of physical interaction with the participants and ‘body language’ communication that go with classroom environment was not a deterrent. This was even made better by lively WhatsApp group discussions after the main lectures, in which I was a silent observer.
I see three main advantages in the switch to online training. Two instructors (each with one support instructor) trained every day a combined eight hundred (800) participants from more than a hundred (100) districts countrywide. Moreover, cutting out what would otherwise be the attendance cost of travel & accommodation for the participants. Secondly, I was amazingly impressed by our technical support team who ably attended to all the participants using Remote Desktop Support Apps. Thirdly, diagnostic tests as well as certification exams were efficiently carried out using Skillsbox platform together with ZOOM for invigilation. Skillsbox is a much better testing platform for examinations than any other platform I have used before. I am surely glad to be part of ICDL during such transformation stage in technology.”
It should be remembered that UICT was established as a public tertiary institution in October 2005, under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001. In November 2007, the Education ministry transferred management of the institution to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). Consequently, the institution is now under the supervision of the ministry of Information and Communications Technology.