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.
BackdropOn the morning of 17th September 2014, the sun shined bright at Taita Taveta Technical University, when students and teachers gathered to be a part of a discussion on the pedagogy change. The aim of the discussion was to give students the power to take control of their learning throughout the course.
In the last one decade a lot has been written and spoken about the virtues of a knowledge-based economy. Planners, economists and visionaries from around the world are of the opinion that economies that are driven by knowledge shall emerge to be the role model for development and prosperity.
Kenya’s hope to become the seat of education in the whole of Africa is not a new-found dream. Historical records namely the Swahili manuscript “Utendi Wa Tambuka” attests that Kenyan people had access to education to a date as far back as 1728. During the colonial ear the missionaries tried to establish many schools based on the western philosophy. At the same time several Kenyan nationals from affluent families went aboard to pursue higher education and learning.