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Harnessing EdTech to ensure the continuity of learning during the Covid 19 pandemic

Teacher Training Education (TTE) Sandbox

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Since the closing of the colleges in Uganda, the TTE project responded with a Sandbox to experiment with EdTech ensuring the continuity of learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Different subject lessons and e-learning courses using open and free digital tools were developed and rolled out. Research indicated that 77% of Year 2 students of the TTE colleges participated in e-learning in 2020!
Nakiranda Esther, student at National Teacher Training College Kaliro
'Teachers should continue using these platforms even when schools re-open'

Nakiranda Esther, student at National Teacher Training College Kaliro


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Updated on November 10th, 2021
about the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

The TTE Sandbox developed with the 5 National Teacher Training Colleges (NTCs) clearly answered the needs that arose from the closure of schools in March 2020. The action focused on ensuring communication between college and students, piloting new ways of results-based management and improving 21st century skills of lecturers so that they are able to ensure the continuity of learning.

How does your innovation work in practice?

In 2020 we radically focused on ICT in Teaching & Learning and in management practices, an unprecedented move in the educational system in Uganda.

• The TTE sandbox was launched to ensure that communication is maintained between NTC management, staff and students with a bulk SMS system, complemented with an annual video conference subscription for each college. (Zoom)
• A series of Community of Practice (CoP) sessions (20) and ICT masterclasses (4) were organized, showcasing new digital tools.
• A ‘Help-desk’ was established; a peer-to-peer support system that consist of lecturers from each of the NTCs.
• A virtual hackathon and a screen-casting challenge were organized to stimulate the lecturers’ involvement to use the different technologies to design their digital lessons. When the lesson content is developed, it is then uploaded to a one-stop portal for easy access.
• E-learning courses where launched on General Teaching Methods (1) and on Institutional Development (5)

How has it been spreading?

The Study on E-learning readiness conducted in NTCs, with IPSOS in December 2020 demonstrated how effective the TTE Sandbox Strategy was in supporting the NTC lecturers to ensure the continuity of learning in Uganda:

• 62% of students indicated that they participated in distance learning (77% for Year 2, 47% for Year 1);
• 77% of the NTC lecturers were able to access the one stop portal where all resources for distance teaching were uploaded. 56% rated it as extremely useful.
• 60% of the lecturers accessed the help desk, composed of ICT Champions and ATL Mentors, and 98% found it useful in facilitating e-learning.

Tools from the Sandbox (e.g. Moodle and Padlet) have been spreading to 7 other training institutions & Enabel partner countries (Morocco, Rwanda, Burundi and Mozambique).

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Visit the one stop portal: (Zero-rated through a partnership with MTN)
A General Methods e-learning course that is completely free, open, and accessible for all. (Access the course:
Five e-learning courses where launched on organizational development. (Contact for access)


HundrED Academy Review

This could be easily implemented in my context, as the distance learning component only requires a device, and the training is also digital, having a great collective impact potential.

- HundrED Academy Member

The sandbox approach to EdTech usage is very cost effective and provides value for money. The peer support system put in place, alongside the communities of practice give the make the programme potentially very impactful and sustainable.

- HundrED Academy Member
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Achievements & Awards

November 2021
HundrED 2022
August 2021
The TTE Sandbox has now been scaled up to 7 Vocational Teacher Training Colleges in Uganda
August 2021
More than 2600 teachers have graduated in the General Teaching Methods course
August 2021
6th CoP at the VTIs
May 2021
The Eduhack series is launched to roll out on ODeL strategy
January 2021
Launch of 5 e-Learning courses on Institutional Development (ongoing)
January 2021
Dissemination handbook 'How to use ICT tools in Teaching and Learning'
December 2020
IPSOS Tracer Study e-readiness: 77% of Year 2 students indicated that they participated in e-learning
November 2020
Digital Ninja Bootcamp during Kampala Innovation Week (140 participants)
October 2020
Launch General Teaching Methods e-learning course (584 teachers completed the course up to date)
October 2020
MTN telecom operator zero rated the one stop portal
August 2020
Award ceremony Screencasting challenge (91 submissions)
June 2020
Award ceremony Hackathon (67 participants)

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