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Development and institutionalization of a Curriculum Management System (CMS) to support an integrated curriculum: The case of University of Malawi College of Medicine

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Anthony Muyepa, Isaiah MaKwakwa, Christopher Coutts, Julie Struthers

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In African Universities the introduction and use of e-learning is being perceived as a solution to improving quality of education. The progressive College of Medicine(COM) based in Blantyre, Malawi is introducing a new integrated curriculum which has an increased emphasis on independent learning. This has provided them with a unique opportunity to develop a curriculum management system that will manage both the administration and educational aspects of the curriculum. This system will provide students with convenient access to educational resources both on and off campus whilst integrating with the student management system.

*Summary of work*

This paper presents the design and development challenges in the implementation of electronic-based delivery of a curriculum in one African University.

*Summary of results*

The solution to challenges met in the course of this project have included the use of open source software and locally sourced development expertise. Also the development and maintenance of strong collaborative ties both internally and with partner institutions has been invaluable.


Consistent, quality electronic support for the curriculum can be developed despite significant infrastructural challenges.

*Take-home message*

This project exemplifies the commitment of the COM to maintain a place at the forefront of African institutions in the implementation of IT based systems to support learning.


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2009
EventAMEE conference 2009 - Malaga, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Aug 20092 Sep 2009


ConferenceAMEE conference 2009
CountryUnited Kingdom

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