A software for managing digital content within the education sector that has been developed locally is set for use in Europe.
Dash –S Technologies copyrighted software known as Dash Digital Library Management System (DDLMS) that was developed at Kigali ICT Park in Kacyiru has already picked the interest of buyers and end-users locally and in Europe.
Lumumba Hassan Rucyemangabo, the CEO of Dash-S Technologies Inc. told Business Times that already two German establishments have shown a keen interest in embracing and reselling it.
Sources within the ICT Park told Business Times that a German firm called ‘Image Ware GMBH’ an entity that specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of book scanners has formalized a business relationship with Dash –S Technogies Inc. in which it will ‘bundle’ meaning incorporate within its sales package for onward sale worldwide.
Further still unconfirmed reports from another credible source also indicated that a German University expressed interest in acquiring the software and they are yet to establish a solid business relationship with Dash-S technologies.
The software has been under development for the last 2 years. Locally the software has been deployed at the National University of Rwanda’s main library.
The DDLMS has two major components which include an e-learning and a digital library system.
The e-learning component will be a web-based resource center that will have all learning facilities as set under the national curriculum to provide users access to learning materials at any time and at any place which increases productivity within education.
Robert Nsinga a Dash-S Technologies software engineer who has been working on this project told Business Times that the digital library component is an integrated set of services for optimally managing education content.
He said that the software has a capability to provide users convenient access to typically large amounts of digital information. ‘The system is designed with five basic modules for teachers, students, administrators and even the public generally’, he added.
Hassan Lumumba added that the lecturers’ module comprises functions which help school administrators in creating and even uploading learning contents or even connecting content to existing ones while capturing other forms of data such as tests and assignments.
The students’ module is designed to enable learners to master the learning material and meet the learning goals of the courses they intend to pursue.
‘Students can communicate their expectations and interests, favourite activities and real skills. In the use of the system, they are guided through the learning material and can actively mark important points as well as being able to access contextual help while being able to collaborate with other students, teachers, and administrators’, Lumumba said.
Dash –S Technologies has been developing the software for the purposes of enabling local home grown ICT solutions such as the one laptop per child programme to be fast tracked. Meaning that the software will enable the green laptops to easily access the national curriculum content.