Welcome to the eCampus Week
Marking one year of the eCampus
In marking one year since the roll out of the first eLearning modules and the subsequent launch of the eCampus of Maseno University, the eCampus of Maseno University is organizing a series of events and activities to run over a period of one week that will leverage eCampus to a wider community of both on-campus and off-campus learners, Course Developers, University administrators, and potential Sponsors and corporate partners.
The weeklong events will be attended by both on-campus and off-campus learners, Course Developers, University administrators, and potential sponsors and corporate partners. Total attendance is anticipated at about 250 to 300 people.
Prospective and Current eLearning Students, Maseno University Academic and Administrative Staff, Professionals of various backgrounds, Head Teachers of Secondary Schools and Teacher Training Colleges and various Corporate Institutions.
The Maseno University eCampus was established in the year 2007 to spearhead the development of institutional policies and strategies for promoting the innovative use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to benefit learning, teaching and research activities at the University. The centre prides itself in a resultsoriented core staff and an ambient open plan work environment.
The eLearning modules are developed and delivered by staff seconded from various academic departments. A number of academic staff, including Johnson Kobiero, Beatrice Okoth, Dr Michael Oduor, Dr Wycliffe H. Odiwuor and Prof Alex Okoth are among the leading lights who have been trained, since the year 2005, on Instructional Design for various delivery modes for Open and Distance Learning programmes. These training activities were part of the wider vision borne by the immediate former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Frederick N. Onyango, that aimed at developing learning approaches that would guarantee real-time reach to students in multiple locations in a cost-effective way.
The eCampus has transitioned considerably in the last two years by furthering this vision and embracing a more contemporary approach to technology-based learning, teaching and research practices to exploit the transformative potential of the Internet and other ICTs in higher education. The eCampus has enjoyed enormous good will and support from the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dominic W. Makawiti, the University management, Deans and Directors, Principal Kisumu City Campus College, Chairmen of Department, all teaching and non-teaching staff and also students, many of whom have actively participated in the pilot runs of various modules. The Dean Faculty of Science, Prof J A Ogonji, Chairman of the Mathematics and Applied Statistics Department, Prof Omolo-Ongati and Dr David Stern have been able to provide some early examples of contextualized eLearning best practices drawn from their internal departmental eLearning initiatives.
Through the eCampus, therefore, the university hopes to gradually support academic staff empowerment in modern communication and collaborative learning techniques to enable them contribute significantly to quality learning experiences among participants in Maseno University eLearning programmes regardless of their physical location. The Director eCampus is Dr Betty Obura Ogange. Prof Alex Okoth is the Coordinator Capacity Building and Change Management, Dr Mildred Ayere is the Coordinator Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr David Stern is the Coordinator of Content Development, while Ms Beatrice Okoth is the Coordinator Learner Support. The centre has a host of other dedicated technical staff that provide the requisite support in the e-content development and delivery process.
Pioneering in equitable access to higher education through eLearning
Maseno University is among the first institutions of higher learning in East and Central Africa to develop and launch modular flexible programmes delivered through eLearning. The eLearning programmes have been designed to widen student choice, provide a more efficient and cost effective approach to learning, guarantee any-time any-where access to learning resources and ensure learners earn various certifications at their convenience. The programmes therefore aim at improving access to quality higher education in the region and beyond. .
Through the eLearning programmes Maseno University aims at providing an opportunity for life-long learning to all and meeting the national human resource needs for Kenya’s workforce of the future within the framework of Vision 2030