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E-Learning in Kenya

Is Kenya About To Acquire The Full Potential of E-Learning?

Countries throughout the world are increasingly adopting e-learning as a tool for improved learning and to increase participation in learning activities. And in order to facilitate improved education in Kenya, Kenyan Universities are increasingly turning to e-learning.

E-learning has been beneficial to many businesses, individuals, organizations and nations. However, the increase in its adoption as an alternative or supplement to classroom learning is because of its ease of access to information, ability to facilitate more individualized and participatory learning, opportunity to combine learning with work and family life and with e-learning, opportunity for improved skills and acquisition of both formal and informal knowledge and skills is high.

However, benefits of e-learning is obvious that it is hard to ignore throughout the world and this has made countries especially Africa Countries adopt it so as to fit into the globally changing world.

E-learning has been integrated in Kenyan Universities in line with her government’s policy requiring universities to introduce e-learning as an alternative delivery system and they have taken some bold steps to ensure its full integration.

University of Nairobi and some other Universities now enrol all their first year students in e-learning courses. In the United States International University, there is a blend of direct learning and e-learning techniques among lecturers and students. Some Universities now utilize videos in the delivery of their courses.

Public Universities aren’t left behind; Universities like The Maseno University, Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology all have e-Learning portals where students can perform various tasks. Kenyatta University has an institute of Open Distance and e-Learning that uses Moodle platform and over 100 courses are offered on this platform. Daystar University also adopts a version of e-Learning where student’s assignments are done online.

Course materials are now uploaded online by lecturers and this helps students generate and create online discussions. With different e-learning platforms however, students are able to follow lectures submit assignments and check their grades online.

E-Learning in Kenya has given Kenyans opportunity to attend a learning institution irrespective of their pocket, either rich or poor, e-Learning has been made available to acquire its full potential for development.

However, her Universities are faced with some of these challenges;

  • Inadequate internet access; though Kenya leads as the highest in internet speed state in Africa, its internet speed is mainly available in urban areas while most rural areas do not have internet access.
  • Government’s funding to public universities haven’t been adequate and has forced some Kenyan universities to reduce funding for some projects relating to eLearning.
  • Most of them do not have background in ICT this made it really difficult to successfully develop eLearning content.

Some Successes of e-Learning Recorded in Kenya.

A popular one is that of Julius Yego, a Kenya javelin champion who learnt how to throw from YouTube. In his Interview with CNN said, “I watched YouTube and it really paid off for me, to see the training techniques and skills they are using.

Another man whose success moved people is Rashid Muhamud; he bought himself a smartphone from money raised from doing odd jobs to enrol in an eLearning programme and completed an online diploma programme. Rashid now owns a private company where he mainly employs youths.

The Future of e-Learning in Kenya

Your actions today they say will determine your future and with the state of things, more citizens may be encouraged to use the platform instead of the school system to improve on themselves. Kenya is about sure acquiring the full potential with all her e-Learning platforms and with her success stories, who knows where the next “Serena Williams” would come from.

 

Written by Busayo Tomoh

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