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  • The collections in this Community are comprised of Indigenous Knowledge emanating from communities in the neighborhoods of Kabale University. These are communities in the great Kigezi Region.
  • This community holds students (Graduates) dissertation and Thesis, Staff field reports, Students (undergraduate) study reports
  • The community includes research article publications in journals both local and international, conference papers in proceedings and reports, abstracts and reviews by Kabale University Staff and Students
  • This community archives publications by individual University Staff and Students, Faculty and Departmental Publications (i.e. University Journal, Newsletters, University official publications etc.), groups and Association operating in the University (i.e. Convocation and Staff and Students Association}


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Assessing Medical Students’ Learning Style Preferences at Kabale University Medical School, Uganda.
(Kabale University, 2024) Muhaise, Hussein; Businge, Phelix Mbabazi; Ssemaluulu, Paul; Kyomugisha, Patricia
This article is based on an empirical study conducted to assess and establish the preferred learning styles of medical students in the Kabale University Medical School. The study was prompted by a paradigm shift in teaching-learning strategies from the conventional knowledge-based medical curriculum to competency-based medical education (CMBE). In line with the learners’ diversity and inclusion, CBME liberalizes the learning environment by providing a variety of learning methods. Hence, this study aimed to ascertain the preferences of medical students’ learning styles concerning competency-based learning approaches. Procedurally, the study employed online survey methods, and the respondents included 160 medical (MBChB) students, all from Kabale University School of Medicine. The data collected were captured on SPSS version 26 and subjected to t-test analysis. Besides, Visual, Aural, ReadWrite, and Kinaesthetic (VARK) learning inventory was used to determine the student’s learning preferences, while a t-test was used to establish the relationships between the demographic profiles and the learning styles. Notably, the Aural learning style produced the highest mean score of 7.21 ± 3.61, followed by Kinaesthetic (6.43 ± 3.22), ReadWrite (6.12 ± 2.23) and Visual (4.04 ± 2.42). Relatively, t-test results showed significant (p < 0.05) differences in learning styles between preclinical and clinical students. However, the t-test results for gender factors for all the learning dimensions were insignificant (p > 0.05). Pre-clinical students prefer visual and read-write learning styles, while clinical students prefer kinaesthetic and visual learning styles. Based on the findings, this study believes that identifying the learners’ preferred learning styles will help educators choose the most effective teaching methods.
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The Taxonomy Mobile Learning Applications in Higher Institutions of Learning in Ugandan Universities: A Case of Kabale University, Uganda.
(Kabale University, 2024) Muhaise, Hussein; Businge,Phelix Mbabazi; Ssemaluulu, Paul; Muhoza, Gloria
Since the use of mobile devices outpaces that of laptops and desktop computers today, the usability of these mobile devices is an important consideration. When mobile learning (a new kind of electronic learning) takes shape, bringing an important feature of mobility, the trend expands deeper into teaching and learning. Usability describes the quality characteristics of software product usage; hence, usability testing is a crucial concern in developing companies for the success of product deployment and use. The vast majority of existing usability evaluation approaches were created for desktop software development. As a result, currently, existing models do not specifically address mobile learning, presenting a gap that we aimed to remedy. The study developed a model that estimates usability as a function of aggregated usability influencing factors. To provide a more comprehensive model, the proposed model includes essential features from other accessible models and incorporates the majority of those that assist mobile learning. A mobile learning prototype application was designed, tested, and installed to evaluate the efficiency of the developed model, coupled with a task list for objective research. Using a sophisticated statistical technique, the feedback from the experiment and survey was then utilized to assess and validate the prototype application in terms of high, average, or low usability. The findings act as guides for eLearning-developing businesses to create more relevant mobile learning applications with high levels of usability.
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Evaluation of Learning Management Systems for Success Factors.
(Kabale University, 2024) Muhaise, Hussein; Adeyemi, A. L.; Muteb,I.J.
Evaluating an information system for success is key. Evaluating the success factors of a Learning Management System (LMS) is essential in the perspective of information systems success in a developing country context. eLearning is vital to the educational system considering its benefits and impacts, particularly in accessing learning from remote areas, suitable for different learners’ categories, and minimal resource utilization in terms of cost and time. Through the literature reviewed on eLearning and Information Systems, the desire to determine the variables that measure the success factors for information systems continues. Existing Information System (IS) success models do not sufficiently evaluate eLearning in developing country, Uganda inclusive as the current IS success models are generic in nature. This study aimed to describe a model of information system success tailored to the eLearning system, Kampala International University as a case study, a Uganda’s context. To address the above objective, a field study was conducted, using a questionnaire to determine factors for information systems success in Uganda, a sample size of 370 respondents were used from a population size of 5500 using the Sloven formula. The respondents comprise of 340 students, 27 lecturers and 4 administrators. The identified success factors are skills & training,infrastructure and management support. Data were cleaned and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Scientists version 20.0 (SPSS). This study adopted Delone and Mclean’s Information System Success model (2016) and extended it using factors obtained from the field study survey. Analysis was performed to evaluate the model. Results of the study showed that all the independent variables management support, infrastructure, skills and training are positively related to the dependent variable of intention to and use of information system. There exists a strong relationship between the multiple independent variables and the dependent variable. All factors identified has a positive impact in explaining the variation in intention to use and use of the system with r coefficients of 0.343, 0.406 and 0.406 respectively. The results of the study presented a model of success factors for the Learning Management System, eLearning specifically. For future research, this study recommends conducting qualitative studies to delve deeper into the nuanced perceptions and experiences of learners and teachers as well as looking into policies that can promote eLearning especially in developing countries.
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Influence of Human Activities on the Rate of Soil Erosion in Ihunga Hill Nyarushanje Sub-County Rukungiri District.
(Kabale University, 2021) Tugumenawe, Dancun
This study assessed the influence of human activities on the rate of soil erosion in Ihunga Hill Nyarushanje Sub-County Rukungiri District. The objectives of the study were to identify the causes of soil erosion, to establish the implications of soil erosion to the local community, and to identify the control measures to reduce soil erosion in lhunga Hill Nyarushanje Sub¬County Rukungiri District. A descriptive study design was used and a sample of 70 respondents was used for the study. Self-administered questionnaires and interview guides were used in data collection and data was analyzed to generate descriptive statistics such as frequencies and percentages presented in tables. Causes of soil erosion in Nyarushanje Sub¬County Rukungiri District were deforestation, watering gardens and lawns, agriculture, mining, and grazing animals. The study results on the implications of soil erosion to the local community in Nyarushanje Sub-County Rukungiri District were degrading land resource base, soil quality depreciation, low food and agriculture, wearing away of the land surface, loss of the nutrient-rich upper layers of the soil and reduced water-holding capacity. The study findings on control measures to reduce soil erosion in Ihunga Hill Nyarushanje Sub¬County Rukungiri District were planting vegetation, preventing water runoff, afforestation, and mulching. The study recommends that; Sensitization to farmers be done, the government should also encourage the people of Nyarushanje Sub-County Rukungiri District to establish other sources of income generation instead of all people depending on agricultural land this can also lead to control of soil erosion.
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Operationalization of the Decentralized Policy Framework in Uganda: An Examination of the Key Milestones and Challenges.
(Kabale University, 2024) Mugavu, George; Mucunguzi, Abel
Decentralization in Uganda has been considered one of the most instrumental and partly successful policies amongst most of the policies that have been implemented under the National Resistance Movement Government. This is attributed to a well streamlined governance structure with connected checks and balances in case of any breach of the rules of procedure of implementation on providing services by a particular individual or individuals working or acting in a particular local government office. Of course there are governance challenges notably corruption, bribery and embezzlement of funds, political pressures and patronage all of which deter local governments from achieving their set goals and objectives. In this paper we attempt to review and assess the governance of the decentralization policy in Uganda concentrating on the key milestones and failures.