The Implementation of Notesmaster as a Learning Platform for Secondary Education - A Case of the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL)

  • Jan Jacobus Nitschke Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL)
  • Wilhelmina Louw Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL)


The Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) is a government-funded educational institution that provides study opportunities to adults and out-of-school youth. NAMCOL has adopted the Notesmaster platform as a learning portal for its secondary education programme. This study aims to share the NAMCOL experience, in using Notesmaster as a preferred platform for OER in open schooling, including experiences of the content developers, tutors and learners. Data was gathered from learners, tutors and content developers to assess their involvement and determine to what extent the platform has contributed to their success in teaching and learning.

In documenting and sharing the successes and challenges experienced by NAMCOL, this paper could serve as a valuable resource to any Open Innovative School seeking to implement its own OER development programme and subsequent provision to learners and tutors.

Keywords: eLearning, Open Schooling, Open Educational Resources.

Author Biographies

Jan Jacobus Nitschke, Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL)

Deputy Director- Curriculum and Material Development Directorate, 

Namibian College of Open Learning

Jan Nitschke was initially the Manager for Research, Quality Assurance and Development, before becoming Dep Director for Curriculum and Material Development.

He is spearheading new & revised programmes at NAMCOL with material development for Secondary, Tertiary and Vocational Training. 

Wilhelmina Louw, Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL)

Directorate- Curriculum and Material Developement

eLearning Programme Developer.

Wilhelmina Louw is a Programme Developer at the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) since 2006. She was responsible for the development of distance education study material (print-based, radio and video programmes) for Grade 10 and 12. Her first exposure to eLearning and Open Educational Resource development was with the COL OERs4OS project in 2009. Starting September 2013, Ms Louw became the programme developer: eLearning for Open Schooling at NAMCOL. Ms Louw successfully spearheaded online Open educational resources content development on the free eLearning platform NotesMaster platform. 


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How to Cite
Nitschke, J. J., & Louw, W. (2020). The Implementation of Notesmaster as a Learning Platform for Secondary Education - A Case of the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL). Journal of Learning for Development , 7(2), 233-245. Retrieved from
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