JKUAT is set to play a leading role in the realization of Kenya Vision 2030’s Social Pillar – which lays greater emphasis on building a just and cohesive society through making quality education accessible for all. This follows the university’s initiative to convert its programmes into Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) modes.
Speaking during the launch of a training workshop to equip a section of staff with the requirements of the new modes, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo emphasized the importance of ODeL in the development of any nation.
“The university has embraced the use of technological advancements to bring education closer to the people and increase enrolment as a way of addressing financial challenges”, added Prof. Odhiambo.
Prof. Odhiambo further outlined the university’s commitment towards the initiative which he said was evident in recent investments in ICT, development of relevant working documents and policies such as the launch of the eLearning Policy and the appointment of a think tank to develop a policy on Distance Learning.
Addressing the participants of the workshop, Director SODeL Dr. Fred Wamunyokoli expressed the readiness of his directorate to actualize the initiative. The Director equally challenged the participants to, “cultivate the capacity to train your peers in writing distance study materials.”
The three-day workshop which comes to a close on Friday October 5, 2012 is projected to equip participants with requisite skills on how to convert the current approved JKUAT programmes into ODeL modes using appropriate open source document processor called Lyx. The materials so developed, will then be packaged in various formats (print and slides) for on-screen presentations.
Over 40 participants drawn from different departments such as Information Technology, Computing, ITROMID, CES, EPD, School of Human Resource Development, Faculty of Agriculture (Horticulture) and other local universities are undergoing the training.
Present during the workshop opening ceremony include the Director of SODeL Dr. Fred Wamunyokoli, Deputy Directors of SODeL; Dr J. Okelo and Dr. J.M Kihoro.