Strategy for Implementation of e-Learning: lessons from the case of JKUAT and CUCK
Kihoro, John M.
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E-learning is a global move and Kenya has not been left behind. Like any other developing country, learning resources cannot meet the ever increasing demand of university education with over 120,000 qualifiers every year. Advancements in ICT have created opportunities and allowed exploration of delivery methods that utilize these opportunities. This paper documents the strategy used to roll out successful e-Learning programmes at one of the Kenyan public universities and its constituent colleges. Although the initial investment in content development and systems establishment was enormous, return on investment at JKUAT was realised almost immediately after e-Learning for on -campus students was launched. More than USD 100,000 was saved within a period of less than one year. The paper is a form of showcase of what worked well and why we believe it worked. Every new student was required to report with a Laptop or be facilitated to acquire one through a university programme. Innovative ways of managing access to content were used to minimize server overloads. The main lesson learnt is that, with the right policies in place, right incentives, and right management strategies, lecturers and students will readily go digital. This strategy shows that e-Learning could easily be sold by gradually introducing students to on-campus students unit by unit incrementally and on semester basis. After successful implementation at JKUAT, this strategy is being applied at The Co-operative University College of Kenya (CUCK), one of her constituent colleges.