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University pumps Ksh 50m to improve E-learning infrastructure




The impact of Covid-19 has triggered a revolution in the Country’s education system as institutions of higher-learning run against time to establish robust digital infrastructure for online training.

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Even as a number of universities work on their existing online platforms to set up short-term virtual lessons, the Country is on a path to embrace a new education model that may out last the pandemic.

Universities are however 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.

As a way of enabling students to get the best user-friendly platform, Mount Kenya University (MKU) has pumped Ksh 50 million to improve its infrastructure.

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Vice-chancellor Prof Stanley Waudo, said the initiative has enabled students get value out of online learning and enabled the institution to handle the 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 last week, 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 the new normal has not been challenging,” Prof Waudo noted.




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