Makerere introduces Robotic teaching technology
EDUCATION | ROBOTICS | TEACHING
KAMPALA – Makerere University has launched a smart classroom installation worth more than $100,000 (about €382 million) and has assembled a technological robot (UBTECH robot) to carry out smart functions artificial intelligence for teaching and learning.
The robot has functionalities of voice recognition, identity of an individual and management of attendance within the class in addition to accepting all types of programming including settings such as changing English to Luganda.
Funded by Chinese taxpayers and education technology companies, UNESCO’s International Center for Higher Education Innovation (ICHEI) and the China International Online Education Institute), The Smart Classroom Facility will be used to record , transmit and automate in the classroom, including exam monitoring. , tests and any other form of assessment.
Commissioning the facility, at the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe said the facility is an invaluable asset to the University.
“This is the first of its kind across the country and we are very grateful to our partners who have supported us,” he said.
He explained that the university is considering starting a mental education program, insisting that having the smart classroom facility will facilitate its implementation.
“We managed to get through COVID-19 with online classes, we will not be left behind, this smart classroom was delayed due to the pandemic, but we thank our partners for making sure we have this facility and for making make Makerere proud,” he said.
Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University presents a certificate of appreciation to Hassan Adeel Shehzad, the Smart Classroom Program Specialist and Project Leader, as Makerere University Principal Tony Oyana looks on Faculty of Information and Computer Science (CoCIS), this was during the launch ceremony of the smart classroom at the University on September 10, 2022. (All photos by Godiver Asege)
Professor Tony Oyana, Director of the Faculty of Information and Computer Science, explained that in 2018, Makerere University together with Create View Education Technology, UNESCO-ICHEI and Southern University of Science and Technology, China they signed a collaboration agreement to collaborate in research, education, ICT industry and community participation activities.
“As a result of this partnership, the university has received a much-appreciated donation of Smart Classroom educational equipment.
The three main Chinese strategic academic partners are the Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China; International Center for Innovation in Higher Education under the auspices of UNSECO (ICHEI), Shenzhen; and Guangzhou’s CreateView Educational Technology Co., Ltd.).
Smart Classroom System Program Specialist and Project Manager Hassan Adeel Shehzad said robots are one of the components being used in the digital transformation of higher education in the developed world.
Adeel explained that they are trying to acquaint Makerere University teachers and students with the latest trends and technologies happening in the rest of the world.
“The robot, since ICT is a tool at the service of the teacher, will help teachers in their daily teaching, for example, from assisting in the classroom to narrating chapters aloud and searching for questions and answers back and forth.
It will not teach as a classroom teacher, but will help teachers by complementing deep learning and these are all trends to keep university teachers and students up to date with what is happening with the rest of the world.” he said. stressed.
Nicholas Betungye, a technical and IT assistant at the university, said this is UB TECH ROBOT, meaning it is a technological robot.
He advised individual teachers to take an interest in learning how to use the facilities, saying the only way is to try and get support.