UbuntuNet-Connect 2021



Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Research and Education Success Stories During Covid-19 

Virtual/Livingstone, Zambia, 10-12 November 2021

The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic in early2020 brought a disruptive wave to the Research and Education community across the globe. As the virus spread and wreaked havoc the world over, governments ordered various levels of national lockdowns to curb the virus that has affected millions of people from all walks of life. 

As the virus raged on, Universities and colleges suspended physical learning forcing learning institutions into a frantic search of solutions and remedies to sustain teaching and learning. While other institutions struggled to achieve this, several institutions of higher learning across the world quickly repositioned themselves and were able to deploy various interventions that enabled the continuity of the delivery of research and education. 

Building on the theme for UbuntuNet-Connect 2020, “Repositioning Research and Education During Crises,” UbuntuNet-Connect 2021 will take stock of the milestones and success stories the Research and Education community has so far achieved in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Conference will be held as a hybrid event (online and physically in Livingstone, Zambia) from 10-12 November 2021.  UbuntuNet-Connect 2021 will thus be held under the theme "Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Research and Education Success Stories During Covid-19".

Registration Form
    • 10:00 12:45
      Opening Session
      • 10:00
        Introduction and Welcome Remarks: ZAMREN CEO 10m
      • 10:10
        Welcome Remarks: ZAMREN Board Chairperson 10m
      • 10:20
        Welcome Remarks by UbuntuNet Alliance CEO 10m
        Speaker: Dr Matthews Mtumbuka
      • 10:30
        Welcome Remarks by UbuntuNet Alliance Chairperson 10m
      • 10:40
        Remarks from EU Delegation in Zambia 10m
      • 10:50
        Goodwill Messages 10m
      • 11:00
        Remarks by the Guest of Honor 10m
      • 11:10
        Group Photo, Health Break 20m
      • 11:30
        Keynote Speech: Turning Challenges into Opportunities 30m
      • 12:00
        Panel Discussion: Turning Challenges into opportunities, success stories of Covid-19 45m
    • 12:45 14:00
      Luch 1h 15m
    • 14:00 16:00
      Session 1: Success stories in the classroom
      • 14:00
        Blended Learning – Blended Communication as Introduced at Ambo University, Ethiopia 20m
        Speaker: Margareth Gfrerer (Education Strategy Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
      • 14:20
        Implementation of E-Learning in Colleges: Findings and Lessons A Case of Zambia ICT College 20m
        Speaker: Dr Nchimunya Nchimunya Chaamwe (Copperbelt University)
      • 14:40
        Challenges and Opportunities of Utilization information technology in Education in the period of COVID19 Pandemic “Case study of East Africa University in Bossaso 20m
        Speaker: Mohamed Abdirahman Warsame
      • 15:00
        A review of E-learning in Covid-19 era: The CASE of Copperbelt University School of Information Technology 20m
        Speaker: Mr Hazael Phiri (Copperbelt University)
      • 15:20
        Analysing the effectiveness of e-learning platforms used for teaching and learning amidst COVID-19 pandemic (A case of Kapasa Makasa and Copperbelt Universities 20m
        Speaker: Kashale Chimanga (Kapasa Makasa University)
      • 15:40
        E-learning platform choice for higher learning institutions during the lockdown in Tanzania: The role of NREN 20m
        Speaker: Goodiel Moshi (The University of Dodoma)
    • 18:00 20:00
      Conference Dinner 2h
    • 10:00 12:30
      Session 2: Success stories at policy level
      • 10:00
        Day 2 keynote: 40m
      • 10:40
        “Towards a New Role for NRENs”, Moving from "Making the Case for NRENs" to "NRENs are Making the Case" 20m
        Speaker: Yousef Torman (ASREN, Arab States Research and Education Network)
      • 11:00
        COVID-19: NREN Impact and Responses 20m
        Speaker: Thomas Fryer (GÉANT)
      • 11:20
        The role of KENET in achieving teaching and learning continuity during Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya 20m
        Speaker: Zeinab Mzungu
      • 11:40
        The Role and Readiness of Educators and Administrators in an evolving Covid-19 stricken Post-Secondary Education Training Sector; Strategies, Practices, Skills and Competencies - A case for ZCAS University in Zambia. 20m
        Speaker: Dr Chiyaba Njovu
    • 12:30 14:00
      Lunch 1h 30m
    • 14:00 16:00
      Session 3: Success stories in the research space
      • 14:00
        Effective library service provision during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: A study of selected libraries in tertiary institutions of Zambia 20m
        Speaker: ENOS PHIRI
      • 14:20
        Collaborating through COVID: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons from the NEAAR Project 20m
        Speaker: Edward Moynihan (Indiana University)
      • 14:40
        Cloud based digital services and distribution within the research community 20m
        Speaker: David Heyns (GÉANT)
      • 15:00
        Technology Infrastructure as a key enabler for sustaining teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. A state-of-the-art survey 20m
        Speaker: Mainford Mutandavari
      • 15:20
        Success on National Digital Library of Ethiopia as a Learning Service 20m
        Speaker: Eyob Mulualem (Staff at EthERNet)
      • 15:40
        Using Google-based metrics to measure the impact of the bandwidth open up at RENU 20m
        Speaker: Caroline Namuddu (NOC Engineer)
    • 10:00 13:00
      Success stories on infrastructure and services
      • 10:00
        From lockdown to blended learning: Opening opportunities for remote students. A case of the Institute of Accountancy Arusha 20m
        Speaker: Pamela Chogo (Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology)
      • 10:20
        Accessibility to Moodle E- Learning Platform by Students with Visual Impairments at Malcolm Moffat College of Education 20m
        Speaker: Sarah Ndume (Malcolm Moffat college of education)
      • 10:40
        Migrating an Identity Provider from one federation to another: the NIH-Uganda collaboration moving from InCommon to RIF 20m
        Speaker: Mr Lloyd Ssentongo (1Research Data and Communication Technologies)
      • 11:00
        Impact of COVID-19 in Higher Education Institutions Mukuba University Experience. 20m
        Speaker: Bonny Khunga (ZAMREN)
      • 11:20
        Women Session 40m
      • 12:00
        Closing Remarks by UbuntuNet Alliance CEO 10m
      • 12:10
        Closing Remarks by UbuntuNet Alliance Chairperson 10m
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch 1h
    • 18:00 20:00
      Meet and Greet Cocktail 2h