Kenya, December 27, 2014Kenyatta University, after the successful implementation of its first Digital School through mElimu, signed a contract for a second lot of mElimu tablets and platform for its students. The Anywhere School, as they call it in Kenyatta University, provides online education through mElimu platform for an additional set of courses for Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Masters programmes.
Nairobi, November 27, 2014 Kenyatta University took pride in receiving the award for having the best ICT programme in Higher Education by the Computer Science Society of Kenya. Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olive Mugenda received the award at the 19th Annual Kenya ICT Excellence awards ceremony held at the Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi. Ms. Eunice Kariuki, the Marketing Director of Kenya ICT Authority, stated that the University has been a trendsetter for launching a Digital School for higher education in Kenya.
E-learning initiatives are expanding in the African countries and more and more universities and colleges are showing interest in this, welcoming the technological advancements to be a part of higher education courses. The influx of nontraditional ways of learning has brought about leverages in terms of access to course resources, time, geographical location, commuting, accommodation and much more.
Kenya, November 2014 Hon. John Chrysestom Muyingo, Minister of Higher Education, Uganda, visited Kenyatta University and Catholic University of Eastern Africa to assess the opportunities of a platform like mElimu in higher education in Ugandan institutions. He stated that mElimu is an innovation in the field of higher education in Kenya and would love to take this to Ugandan higher education. He inquired about the functionalities of the mobile devices in use and also checked how effective the delivery of education has become after the introduction of the platform in the two universities.
In this era of digital natives, technological advancements in higher education is uberous worldwide. E-learning initiatives are expanding in the field of higher education with learners wanting more flexibility in terms of geographical location, time, commuting and access to the course resources. Apart from the increased accessibility to the students, e-learning initiatives can also provide universities with more enrollments, increased revenue, refined teaching-learning experience and enhanced reputation of the institution.
“I have a smartphone. We use chatting apps like Whatsapp to share stuff among ourselves, we use PDF readers to read content. What more can you do to make a difference?” asked one of the students in the audience.