In Summary
  • MKU aims to enable thousands of professionals to conveniently access higher education even as they attend to work and other commitments.

  • Ms Nyokabi says the university is equipping ODEL lecturers to facilitate video lectures, Skype and video conferencing.

  • The ODEL head expresses optimism that progressively, the university will have significantly transformed the ODEL platform.

Mount Kenya University (MKU) has broadened the scope of its Open, Distance and Electronic Learning (ODEL) to include distance learning (purely online) and Distance and Institutional Based Learning (DIBL).

The university is responding to the growing interest in alternate approaches to distance learning.

The option of converging distance and on-site studies is one such response.

MKU aims to enable thousands of professionals to conveniently access higher education even as they attend to work and other commitments, says ODEL Principal-designate Susan Nyokabi.

BRING LEARNING TO THE PEOPLE

“With ODEL, we bring learning to the people. Anyone with an electronic gadget that has internet connectivity – smart phone, computer, laptop or tablet – should be able to access higher education,” she asserts.

In August 2017, the university beefed up the ODEL directorate, which has since lined up several initiatives to enable many more qualified students pursue higher education.

The DIBL option is a key component of ODEL.

At MKU, DIBL is headed by Prof Pamela Ochieng.

FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING

The programme directly supports the university’s School of Education by training teachers face-to-face during holidays and online when school terms are in session.

Thirty percent of learning is through face-to-face and 70 per cent is via the online platform.

Ms Nyokabi says the university is equipping ODEL lecturers to facilitate video lectures, Skype and video conferencing.

It is also improving its website to make it more interactive so that learners are able to apply, register, pay fees, communicate with their lecturers and receive feedback more easily and effectively.

PROGRESSIVE TRANSFORMATION

The ODEL head expresses optimism that progressively, the university will have significantly transformed the ODEL platform to be of greater benefit to its students.

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