Hawassa University e-courses

Hawassa University e-Learning officially launched on march 2010 with four online courses by the title of Hawassa university e-courses using one of open source course management system which is Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment). Moodle is a course management system that creates powerful, flexible, and engaging online teaching learning experiences. You can use Moodle to teach fully online courses or to supplement face to face courses in traditional settings. Now, Hawassa University uses Moodle to supplement traditional face to face courses by combining the face to face with online courses or Blended learning.

Imagine moving most of your content delivery to an online environment and saving your course time for discussion, question, and problem solving can increase student learning by allowing students to engage in the material outside of class allows them to use face to face time for troubleshooting. Especially for our country context students have no habit of class participation or reluctant to speak in class because of shyness, uncertainty, or language issues.  Online discussion gives many students the opportunity to express themselves in ways they couldn’t in a regular class.

Therefore Hawassa university E-courses portal provide online courses with live chats among students and teachers, forums where users can rate messages on their relevance or insight, online workshops that enable students to collaborate and evaluate each other's work, impromptu poll that let the teacher evaluate what students think of a course's progress, directories set aside for students to upload and share their files E-courses connotes a sequential Series of web pages, images animations, and a quiz put online. These features of e-courses create an active learning environment, full of different kinds of student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction.

Objectives of e-courses

  • Create an interactive teaching learning environment
  •  Make the teaching learning environment any time any where.
  • Create flexible student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction 
  • Making learning materials more accessible
  • Motivate student to engaged themselves in teaching and learning process
  • Improve student’s means of communication with their  instructor or within their peers

Advantages of E-courses

          For Students 

  • Improved communication with instructor
  •   Easy access to lecture materials
  •   Additional digital materials for further study
  •   Increased interactivity in learning
  •   Individual adaption of learning
  •   Increased media competency

         For Instructors

  • Improves communication with students
  •   Efficient management of teaching materials
  •   No printing of handouts, etc.
  •   Semi Automatic marking & grading
  •   More flexibility of teaching
  •   Increased media competency

       For Institution

  • Better equipped libraries
  •   Manage large quantities of inscribed students
  •   More efficient use of limited resources
  •   Improved student monitoring
  •   More efficient administration
  •   Preparation for international competition

E-courses provide the following types of interactive course material that a student interacts with, by answering questions, entering text, or uploading files:                                   

  •  Assignment (uploading files to be reviewed by the teacher and/or students)
  • Choice (a single question)
  • Journal (an online journal)
  •  Lesson (a conditional, branching activity)
  • Quiz (an online test)
  • Survey (with results available to the teacher and/or students)
  • E-courses also offer five kinds of activities where students interact with each other. These are used to create social course material:
  • Chat (live online chat between students)
  • Forum (you can choose the number of online bulletin boards for each course)
  • Glossary (students and/or teachers can contribute terms to site-wide glossaries)
  • Wiki (Wikis can be inserted into courses, or a Wiki can be the entire course)
  • Workshop (workshops support collaborative, graded efforts among students)         

Additional Resources on e-course portal

HU Wiki

HU Podcast Portal

HU e-Courses Portal

HU Image Library


Participatory bodies in Hawassa university e-courses teaching learning environment 


- E-courses team members

- Colleges, Institutes, Schools and departments

Available courses

Courses which are fully designed and available for users are:

  • Introduction to Computer Application
  • Computer Architecture and Organization
  • Fundamentals of Database Systems
  • Fundamentals of Programming I
  • Hydrology
  • Engineering Mechanics II
  • Research Methods in Agricultural Engineering
  • Structural Engineering I
  • Soil Engineering


Firehiwot Tilahun

Coordinator of the e-courses team

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Hawassa University

Hawassa, Ethiopia


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