JKUAT Ropes in Japanese Company to Boost E-learning

Prof. Imbuga (right) and Mr. Ogino exchange partnership documents during the signing ceremony

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has inked a partnership with a Japanese firm to promote smart learning in the University. The initiative will see KJS Company transfer e-learning technology; mainly software, hardware, and a management platform to JKUAT. The company will as well equip staff with requisite skill on content creation, sharing and management.

Speaking during the signing of the agreement, March 1, 2018 Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga welcomed the partnership, terming it a significant step towards enhancing JKUAT’s capacity to provide quality teaching to the students.

“We are keen to leverage innovative technologies to serve our students who are pursuing various courses online,” Prof. Imbuga said.

Besides online mode of delivery, the Vice Chancellor said the University currently delivers three common units such as Communication Skills, Development Studies and HIV/Aids, electronically.

KJS Company President & CEO, Tsugunobu Ogino said his organization was pleased to work with JKUAT to avail the ThinkBoard technology to Kenyans and Africa at large.

Ogino noted that JKUAT had emerged as strong institution in technology, hence a good partner in the e-learning enterprise.

The agreement comes in the wake of a successful pilot study on ThinkBoard; a platform that allows instructors and learners to produce and share audiovisual content in an easy and fun way using a laptop or desktop computer.

Terming the pilot impressive, Prof. Wafula Muliaro who has been spearheading the trial at JKUAT said the tool allows both leaners and instructors to share tacit knowledge which would otherwise be lost in translation.

The instructor also has a provision to can access information regarding who watched, how much, and when. Should a learner pause the video, that too is recorded as part of feedback to the teacher.

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