Distance Learning

Community of Practice and E-Learning

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In order to deepen and broaden learning and engender experience sharing, Community of Practice supported by E-Learning and Distance Learning is seen as a catalyst to foster problem solving and resolving new challenges. GIZ and the Institute of Local Government Studies have been in discussions over the past years to introduce and operationalize this concept.

A detailed draft concept has been developed by the ILGS and GIZ including the building of an electronic learning platform, design of course and curriculum to be deployed on the platform. Some of the thematic areas suggested in the draft concept are:

  • Physical Planning
  • Development Planning
  • Budgeting and Financial Management and
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Local Government Resource and Revenue Mobilisation

and also including mounting masters programmes on the distance / e-learning platform.

E-learning (or eLearning) is the use of electronic media, educational technology and information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. E-learning includes numerous types of media that deliver text, audio, images, animation, and streaming video, and includes technology applications and processes such as audio or video tape, satellite TV, CD-ROM, and computer-based learning, as well as local intranet/extranet and web-based learning. Information and communication systems, whether free-standing or based on either local networks or the Internet in networked learning, underlies many e-learning processes.

E-learning can occur in or out of the classroom. It can be self-paced, asynchronous learning or may be instructor-led, synchronous learning. E-learning is suited to distance learning and flexible learning, but it can also be used in conjunction with face-to-face teaching, in which case the term blended learning is commonly used.

There will also be assignments, quizzes, chart room and multimedia and also reference materials for each module in pdf, power point and word formats. Each module will attract marks and at the end of each course, certificates will be awarded.

Role of Moderators

  • Facilitate E-Learning
  • Prepare Notes
  • Set Questions
  • Send Feedback to Participants
  • Facilitate Discussions on the forum


The essence of the platform is to create a critical mass of e-learning participants in the districts who can facilitate e-learning in the future.

Monitoring and Evaluation

There will be various monitoring and evaluation tools developed with respect to gauging the success of the platform. Critical outputs / tools like database of registered participants, patronage and participation on the part of participants and moderators will be key indicators in monitoring and evaluation. Rate of completion of assignments will also form part of the monitoring and evaluation system as well as how interactive and user friendly the platform is. There will be end of training evaluation when a module is completed.


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Community of Practice (CoP) is an important tool for deepening learning and sharing experiences of practitioners in the various disciplines and professions. It helps in building networks, encouraging new learning, fostering problem solving to address new challenges and the creation support systems. 

GIZ and ILGS are collaborating to introduce the concept to complement local government capacity building.

Contact cop@ilgs-edu.org