Kenyatta University has become the first in East Africa to have a fully-fledged digital school, offering a wide range of courses through virtual and open learning. A free tablet uploaded with course materials for every student is expected to be a huge drawcard.
The university has transformed its former virtual learning centre, a low key and little known learning facility, into a fully independent open and distance education school with modern facilities, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Being marketed under the catch phrase Digitize Masomo – in Swahili, Masomo means ‘education’ – and under the banner of “The Anywhere School”, the institution is hoping to be a hit with East Africans keen to take courses at their own convenience.
The school is targeting adult learners and people unable to commit themselves to attending classes either as full-time or part-time students. The university estimates that there are thousands of potential students among the working classes.
Vice-chancellor Professor Olive Mugenda said at the launch that the university’s Digital School of Virtual and Open Learning, or DSVOL, “demonstrates our understanding of the unique benefits and advantages of digital technology in the education sector, and comes at a time when change is faster than ever”.