Catholic Mission

Partnership For Learning Through Technology

During the past year, the OIT partnered with organizations locally and overseas to set up pilot projects to evaluate and design a learning environment that incorporates technology. It also set up a computer lab in three pilot sites to be used for entrepreneurial training programs.

These programs include:

Blended Learning Pilot Programs

Working as a consultant with the ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) Consulting program, the team provided solutions for these educational institutions:

  • Basile Moreau School, Carrefour, Haiti: The OIT team completed a comprehensive assessment of the current technology based on the school’s current state, and provided a recommendation for a blended learning pilot. This pilot will make use of a digital platform and curriculum for online learning.
  • Grade Schools in the United States: Working with two grade schools—one located in Toledo, Ohio and one in Brooklyn, New York—the OIT team completed a comprehensive assessment and report for technology recommendations for the school in preparation for blended learning pilots.

Technology Training Sessions, Cap Haitien, Haiti

The OIT team developed learning materials and conducted a technology training session for more than 50 Haitian teachers. As a component of the Institut Supérieur Marcel Bédard (ISMB) teacher training initiative, the faculty were instructed on how to use Android tablets and access Google email, calendar, and document-sharing services.

Entrepreneurial Training Programs, Uganda

Working closely with the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), the local organization, the OIT team assisted in the installation of computer labs for entrepreneurial training programs. As part of the larger CE3 (Connectivity, Electrification, and Education for Entrepreneurship) Project in post-conflict northern Uganda, a total of 65 Hewlett Packard computers were installed at three pilot sites. The Information and Communications Technology hardware solution chosen for the sites was the HP Zero Client workstation. These virtualized computers are specifically engineered to use low amounts of energy, with each system drawing an average of only 13.4 watts, which is essential in low-resourced environments.

Conference Presentation in Nairobi, Kenya

The OIT team presented Open Source Tools for Health Interventions and Monitoring and Evaluation at the Annual Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Conference.

Other Partnerships

OIT staff continued to generously support the annual Notre Dame Relay for Life event by raising over $18,000 this year through a variety of events including an online auction, a hall sale, candy sales, and pizza lunches. Additionally, the OIT supports the campus food drive that benefits the Food Bank of Northern Indiana through bake sales and other events during the year.