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Science and Mathematics Multimedia Enhanced Content for Secondary Schools in Tanzania

The project was designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning science and mathematics subjects in secondary schools in the country through the use of multimedia enhanced content. Through this project, a total of 70 topics and 147 subtopics from the curriculum of secondary education were developed and enhanced with various multimedia elements.

The developed multimedia enhanced content was packed into 2,500 Digital Versatile Disc (DVDs) and uploaded into a customized Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) accessible via http://retooling.udsm.ac.tz. The content was also used to train a total of 2,000 teachers from 858 schools in 13 regions.

The main objective of the ICT Retooling project was to improve the quality of teaching and learning in science and mathematics subjects in secondary schools in the country. It was designed to use the latest ICT to upgrade subject content knowledge of secondary school science and mathematics teachers on the topics perceived as difficult. The University of Dar es Salaam College of ICT (CoICT) developed and integrated the multimedia elements to create the multimedia enhanced content in the selected difficult topics.

The content was digitized and enhanced with various multimedia in order to facilitate self-learning. The developed multimedia enhanced content was packed into 2,500 Digital Versatile Disc (DVDs) and uploaded into the customized Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) (http://retooling.udsm.ac.tz). The content was also used to train a total of 2,000 teachers in 19 selected centres countrywide. In selecting teachers for the retooling project, an examination (pre-test) was given to 3,500 teachers in the selected centers. Out of 3,500 teachers, 2,000 teachers who could not do well in the pre-test examination were selected.