Leading the Move to Blended Learning through Experience of Online Delivery of High Enrollment Courses at the eCampus, Maseno University
Universities in Africa’s Higher Education Institutions see advances in technologies for learning as a way of facing unprecedented change: Large classes, more diverse students, demands from government and employers for more accountability for workforce ready graduates, and coping with an ever changing technological landscape. Maseno University was able to draw from its experience with adapted flexible and blended learning approaches for high enrollment common courses already offered to students on the existing LMS. But as they embarked on this shift, several questions needed answers. How to preserve essential regular student-teacher interaction? How to continue with synchronous activity dependent course in asynchronous environment? How to handle the practical based courses on the online platform? How to acquire the low cost technology for the shift? The eCampus was able to leverage on experiences with large common courses to build the needed capacity building for staff and advise the university on technological requirements.
Maseno University, Kenya
Mildred Atieno Ayere is a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Technology and Curriculum Studies, Maseno University.
I teach Educational Technology courses at the University to undergraduate and post-graduate students. Currently I serve as the acting Director eCampus where I provide strategic leadership in the development and implementation of appropriate policies in eLearning and virtual learning at the University.
Earlier on, I worked as a high School teacher in Mathematics, a teacher trainer in Mathematics education and a staffing officer with the Teachers’ Service Commission, Kenya. In addition to the teaching experience, I am an entrepreneur in teacher education and a practitioner and a trainer in the Times Travel Methodology: An educational method that uses local heritage in a learning process, to create reflection on contemporary issues, and provide tools for community building.
My primary research interests include innovative and online learning methodologies; ICT integration in pedagogy; Interactive learner centred methodologies in teaching and learning in general and Mathematics education in particular; online examination systems; Mathematics in the Historic Environment; and use of Time Travel method in democracy, peace building and social cohesion