Status of E-Learning in Public Universities in Kenya

George L. Makokha, Dorothy N. Mutisya, The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, May 16, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

OK, I get this: "e-learning is at its infant stage in universities in Kenya. Majority of universities lacked senate approved e-learning policies to guide structured implementation. A few lecturers (32%) and students (35%) used e-learning and few courses (10%) were offered online. Majority of online uploaded modules (87%) were simply lecture notes and not interactive. Again, universities in Kenya lacked requisite ICT infrastructure and skills." The strength of this article is that it collects a lot of data on universities in Kenya and the east Africa region. But I fail to see how this follows: "The study recommends that universities partner with the private sector to improve ICT infrastructure, build capacity, and standardize e-learning programs in the country." It is nowhere supported by the data. Indeed, looking at things like lack of training and lack of bandwidth, it appears that the problem in Kenyan higher education is a lack of money. But he private sector gets involved in order to take money out of the system. It seems to me that private sector involvement would simply make the situation worse.

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