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NAMCOL launches Notesmaster

Mon, 13 May 2013 02:18
by Business Writer
Education

Namibian College of open Learning (NAMCOL) decided to empower secondary school learners with global shared knowledge through the launch of Notesmaster Namibia.
NAMCOL Marketing and Information Officer, Freddy Kaukungua, explains that Notesmaster Namibia which will be launched today, is a freely accessible e-learning platform, designed specifically to facilitate the development of a global education network.
“The approach of Notesmaster enables learners and educators from different countries to learn and share materials, using familiar syllabus frameworks that reflect their own curriculum. By providing a pre-configured learning environment, NAMCOL is aiming to assist our learner to archive, create and share educational resources,” he says.
Notesmaster Namibia will allow the learners to access NAMCOL study materials and other open Educational Resources (OER).
Programme developers, tutors and learners will be able to interact with each other on the platform.
Furthermore, tutors and learners will be able to comment on study materials and suggest changes for improvement or contextualise study contents.
Although computer and internet are prerequisite for accessing the e-platform but they will also be able to access the portal with their mobile phones.
The challenge at this point is of the availability of a handheld device and internet, hence Kaukungua points out that the college will engage other partners in the near future to secure handheld devices for learners at low costs.
Otherwise, the materials can be downloaded and used offline, but learners might lose some of the functionality in terms of interactions with the materials if they do not possess internet.
Notesmaster Namibia established in joint venture with NAMCOL also has partnerships in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia which permits a variety of e-learning methods in the Notesmaster network.
These partnerships will provide prominence to the Namibian platforms in their respective markets giving rise to considerable commercial and social opportunities.