Hassan Ahmed is a Bachelors of Business Management final year student from Wajir. The Northern Kenya town has few high schools let alone institution of higher learning. Ahmed would have relocated to Nairobi or one of the major cities to get a chance to pursue a degree. But thanks to virtual campuses, Ahmed will graduate with a BBM degree next year.
“The virtual campus provides quality education and students have access to standard course materials and online lectures” says the Mount Kenya University student.
“The university has invested in web based systems and competent staff to actualize virtual learning where students are able to interact with both the campus staff and lecturers.”
“Virtual learning mode has benefits over traditional classroom training such as saving on training costs and flexibility to access online education, decreased material costs and increased productivity. A standardized mode and consistency in delivery of learning content as well as the ability to choose the learning pace that suits you is really convenient,” adds Ahmed.
Mount Kenya University offers learning opportunities to different target groups including the working class who may not have enough time to attend normal classes, the physically challenged whose mobility is limited, people in war torn areas as well as those from arid and semi arid areas, who wish to pursue university education through cost effective mode of delivery.
Mount Kenya University Virtual campus uses interactive technology and web based facilities to globalize education and registers students irrespective of their location. The students interact with online lecturers at any time and at their convenience irrespective of cultural and geographical barriers.
According to the University Vice Chancellor, Prof Stanley Waudo, the university has invested in the Virtual learning infrastructure to reduce cost of higher education and increase access to higher education.
He adds that the massive investment the university has made in establishing the virtual campus confirms the resolve to take education to the people and demonstrates the university’s commitment to globalizing education through virtual learning.
It is through the commitment of the university board of trustees to expand the university and improve both learning and teaching and increase access to university education by exploiting ICT. This is indeed a milestone not just for MKU but for Kenya and the region.
“Mt.Kenya University, which plays a leading role in the promotion of Virtual education, set up a virtual campus in July 2011 to provide a roadmap in the implementation of interactive education in the university to students both in Africa and beyond”.
“Mt. Kenya University Virtual campus uses interactive technology and web based facilities to globalize education and hence registered students irrespective of the location interact with the online lecturers at any time and at their convenience irrespective of cultural and language barriers”.
The virtual campus supports the development of academic programmes in the dynamic ICT field. The interactivity of students and lecturers through the virtual campus information portal has created a major virtual learning environment which will not be affected by time and distance in this era of globalization as long as the students have access to the internet.
“The virtual campus coordinators in every region coordinate virtual learning and provide support to our regional learners. Students have access to the coordinators in all the MKU campuses in Kenya and Kigali, Rwanda and Hargeisa, Somaliland,” concludes Prof. Waudo.