Makerere University has made a move to introduce robotics to their teaching exercises. It has done this through launching a smart classroom worth over $100,000 (about shs382m).
In addition to that, a technological Robot (UBTECH ROBOT) has been assembled to take on Artificial Intelligence functions for teaching and learning.
Some of the functionalities exhibited by the robot include speech recognition, individual identity and attendance monitoring in a class. More of that includes accepting configurations like language changes from English to Luganda.
This smart classroom is purposely designed for recording, broadcasting and automation in the classroom. This also includes monitoring examinations, quizzes and any other form of assessment.
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe launched the facility at the College of Computing and Information Science (CoCIS). He said the facility is an invaluable asset for the university.
“This is the first of its kind in the entire country and we are very grateful to our partners who have supported us,” he said.
The university in 2018 partnered with Creative View Education Technology, UNESCO-ICHEI and China’s Southern University of Science and Technology.
They signed a partnership to focus on Information and Communication Technology studies. Since then, the university has benefited greatly through highly valued donation of Smart Classroom educational equipment.
Nicholas Betungye, an IT and Technical Assistant at the college said this UB TECH ROBOT means it is a technological robot. He therefore appealed to lecturers to take interest in learning how to use the facility.
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