(inset: staff from the University of Nairobi and Lilongwe University of Agriculture And Natural Resources)
Prof. E. W. K. Kaunda; the Deputy Vice Chancellor- Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi- was accompanied by a team of staff on a benchmarking mission at the University of Nairobi. The team was mainly interested in finding out more information on the University of Nairobi’s Open, Distance and E-learning platforms.
The Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL) received the delegation from LUANAR on 31st August 2016. The staff from the Centre demonstrated how the platform works and held a meeting to discuss the successes of ODeL. Discussions centred on the structure of CODL, instructional material development process, Quality Assurance, student support services, service delivery charter, performance contracting, ISO certification, fee determination for ODeL students and capacity building in ODeL. The meeting was attended by the Dean; School of Continuing and Distance Learning, Prof. Kidombo, Associate Dean, Prof. Gakuu, Director CODL; Mr. Jackonia Odumbe and CODL staff.
The University of Nairobi has an established ODeL and E-Learning platform where students can access various programmes at Bachelors, Masters and PhD level. UoN has been offering programmes through distance learning for over 10 years. The University is recognized as a leader in this area of open and distance education, various local Universities have also benchmarked with the University of Nairobi’s ODeL platform. The University has also benchmarked with international Universities with an aim to strengthen the ODeL platform. Currently, UoN is in the process of restructuring the platform to improve on quality and service delivery for distance learning students.
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