The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Kenyatta University and the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) are working together on the PLEDS-project which has received a grant from the IAU LEADHER programme. The goal of this project is to analyze the use of digital technologies, more specifically the web 2.0 tools, in order to respond two main needs identified in doctoral education in sub-Saharan Africa:
- the supervision of doctoral students and
- the visibility of research.
The project explores the use of Personal Learning Environments for Doctoral Students (PLEDS), a lifetime personal web space, equipped with software, communication, search, social and multimedia tools that allows students to gather and organize relevant learning information from the net and to disseminate their own material, as a new model of effective e-supervision.
In this sense, PLEDS can be used as a mean to create a digital identity for doctoral students, serving as a digital public notebook and personal repository, facilitating the establishment of a virtual network between colleagues working in the same field, including mentors and tutors.