Information and Communication Technology
The department of Informatics is running several projects including;
The Informatics Community Engagement Projects (ICEP)
provides services to both students and the communities around Soshanguve. The project offers internship to students who fail to get industrial placement, those who are promised industrial placement but the organization take longer than the expected time to take them and those students who are placed on time but the small and medium enterprises don’t have enough space and facilities to host the students on their site. To ensure that these students get a real industry experience, exposure and skills, the department organizes workshops and Trainings for them as well as sending them to relevant workshops and conferences organized within South Africa and relevant to an Informatics student.
The Agile developers AGILE42 has continued to train ICEP students on how to use Scrum for Software Development. AGILE42 organize workshops for students every semester and they also make several follow ups to ensure that the interns well equipped with the Software Development methods and Methodologies. AGILE42 ensure that these trainings are certified and such helps to improve the students’ possibilities of getting jobs. More to that, the department also organizes several other workshops for the students that include but not limited to Preparations for interviews and face up experience of the industry, Business Intelligence, use of Dashboards and forecasting and Business Communications.
Low Bandwidth and Offline Open Source eLearning Platform for MOOCs in Africa.
This projects aims to developing an open source eLearning platform for delivery of multimedia content in low bandwidth and offline environments to promote adoption of MOOCs in Africa. The project was motivated by the fact that Low Internet bandwidth is considered the biggest nightmare for access of e-resources in Africa. The traditional content access method for MOOCs through high speed Internet and constant connectivity is not realistic to Africa even in the near future following the slow pace in implementing African submarine cables and terrestrial fibre optic networks projects that have slacked for more than a decade.
The project also observes that in some cases where governments have laid terrestrial fibre optic networks, beneficiary institutions have ignored their responsibility for last mile connections. Indeed the high levels of abject poverty still reported in most parts of Africa, renders poverty eradication interventions more prominent over Internet access. It is from this understanding that the project sought to develop MOOCs programmes for delivery under both online and offline modes as well as areas of low bandwidth.
Persuasive Technology for a Mobile Health Monitoring System of Patients with Chronic Communicable Diseases.
This projects aims at developing a mHealth monitoring system for patients with chronic communicable diseases to support them to adhere to medical prescriptions. The proposed mHealth monitoring system will be used as a recommender system to empower patients to be actively involved in the control over their own health so as to improve their wellbeing so as to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with chronic communicable diseases.
This project was motivated by the fact that chronic communicable diseases are huge public health burden calling for the sharing of responsibilities between healthcare providers and patients. This implies that patients need to be empowered by promoting their active involvement and control over their own health. Self-management by complying and adhering to treatment as prescribed by health professional is one way of empowering patients to have control and active involvement over their own health. This empowerment in the absence of medical professionals could be achieved by leveraging mobile health technology which has become pervasive so as to improve the health and wellbeing of people. The project observes that much as mobile technology could play an essential role in the development of a persuasive mHealth system, limited research has been conducted to exploit its benefits more especially in developing countries where mobile technology is mainly used for communications with health support personnel rather than as service to empower medical adherence.