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COVID-19 pandemic pushes varsity to scale up e-learning

The impact of Covid-19 is triggering a revolution in Kenya’s education system as higher-learning institutions scramble to establish robust digital infrastructure to allows students to continue with lessons.

Even as a number of universities work on their existing online platforms to set up short-term virtual teaching and learning solutions, the country is on track to embracing a new educational model after the pandemic.

However, universities are faced with the arduous task of ensuring that all programmes offered through e-learning conform to learning outcomes and other requirements specified in the face-to-face delivery of the curriculum.

More than 6,000 students join e-learning

MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley WaudoMKU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley WaudoAs a way of enabling students to get the best user-friendly platform, Mount Kenya University (MKU) has pumped Sh50 million into improving its infrastructure.

The vice-chancellor, Prof Stanley Waudo, said the initiative has enabled students to get value out of online learning and enabled the institution to handle an influx of new entrants who want to complete their coursework on time.

“What we are doing is testing students on critical thinking and understanding of the subject in order to curb the possibility of cheating,” he said.

To ensure students who were due to graduate in August don’t miss out, MKU has urged those who had not completed their coursework or written their examinations to register for online classes.

By Friday evening, 6,000 students, especially those in their final year, had registered for the classes. Before the pandemic, the university had 7,000 students on their e-learning platform.

“Being that we were already one of the biggest e-learning providers in the country even before Covid-19, transitioning to this new normal has not been challenging,” Prof Waudo noted.


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