Learning Environment & Teaching Style

Many students find the learning environment and teaching style at BIT to be different. Below you will find a summary of what to expect.

Studying at BIT

Home of Numerous Innovation Awards, and Global Entrepreneurial Leaders – BIT is an institution with some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial minds in the country, BIT has a proud tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship integrated within it’s teaching mode.

An open environment

Students experience an open, informal study environment. The traditional academic hierarchy is replaced by a more collaborative approach, where students are respected as junior colleagues and their opinions valued and encouraged by more experienced peers. This approach encourages dialogue and collaboration between students and teachers and creates opportunities to bring forward new ideas and innovations.

Student-centered education

The student is at the centre of the education provided at BIT. There is a lot of support in terms of pedagogy and the teachers make themselves available to help students and ensure course content is fully understood. There is a focus on enabling students to develop their critical and analytical thinking skills, independent research skills, group work, problem solving and leadership skills so as to prepare them for their career.

International class

Billbrain Institute of Technology is proud to have a strong appeal to international students – we attract students from across the region. This creates rich classroom environments where students encounter different cultural perspectives and start to build their international networks.

Course load

Studies at BIT are usually undertaken one course (unit/module) at a time, with an examination or essay at the end of each individual course. Courses can be anything from two to 16 weeks long.

Lectures

The most common form of instruction is lectures to groups of students. Attendance of lectures is required but students are also expected to work independently and develop an in-depth knowledge of their subject through independent study. Some courses, mainly in computer science, have as many as 16 formal lecture hours per week, while some have less, and rely more on the students’ individual learning.

Independent study

A large part of the learning process takes place outside the classroom as students read and discuss the course material with each other. Students at BIT are trained to efficiently assess large amounts of information. Study techniques are taught in the classroom and also by study advisors and through workshops.

Group work

Group work is common for many of our courses. The goal is for students to practise teamwork in small groups, across different cultures within the class, and also to develop problem-solving and leadership skills. Group work is an important aspect to the learning experience in order to simulate the real dynamics of a workplace.

Case studies and guest speakers

The teaching methods used focus on the critical analysis of the course content with the use of real case studies wherever possible. Guest lecturers and speakers from business, government, NGOs and research feature as part of the curriculum to further connect studies to the professional world. The Institute is located in the capital of Uganda; Kampala City with accessible distance from the city centre of about 15 minutes. The city hosts an impressive breadth of global companies and a unique, world-class environment for technology, knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Research-intensive setting

Education at BIT is closely aligned to current research, often drawing on the interdisciplinary research approach that has helped set BIT on course to becoming one of the strongest research institutions in the region. BIT has established strong partnerships with some of the best research institutions around the region which enhances its research development environment .

Critical thinking and freedom of mind

Critical thinking and freedom of mind are the cornerstones of academic life at BIT.

By critical thinking we mean the ability to assess information on different topics and to form independent and well-informed opinions; to scrutinise and question beliefs that are sometimes taken for granted; to revise opinions in the light of new evidence or knowledge; and to give and receive criticism in a constructive and generous manner, as well as the readiness to engage in discussion with fellow students and to learn from others.

By freedom of mind we mean the ability to liberate oneself from narrow-minded and conventional wisdoms, to value the authenticity of ideas and experiences in whatever shape they may come, and to appreciate and seek fresh perspectives on old ideas; in short, the ability to think ‘outside the box’.

Critical thinking and freedom of mind are stimulated in all activities at the Institute. In seminars, workshops and practical sessions, students undertake and present solutions to given problems and assignments. Theoretical concepts are tested in practical situations, and practical experiences are employed to develop and enrich theory.