Kenya, November 2014 Hon. John Chrysestom Muyingo, Minister of Higher Education, Uganda, visited Kenyatta University and Catholic University of Eastern Africa to assess the opportunities of a platform like mElimu in higher education in Ugandan institutions. He stated that mElimu is an innovation in the field of higher education in Kenya and would love to take this to Ugandan higher education. He inquired about the functionalities of the mobile devices in use and also checked how effective the delivery of education has become after the introduction of the platform in the two universities.
In this era of digital natives, technological advancements in higher education is uberous worldwide. E-learning initiatives are expanding in the field of higher education with learners wanting more flexibility in terms of geographical location, time, commuting and access to the course resources. Apart from the increased accessibility to the students, e-learning initiatives can also provide universities with more enrollments, increased revenue, refined teaching-learning experience and enhanced reputation of the institution.
“I have a smartphone. We use chatting apps like Whatsapp to share stuff among ourselves, we use PDF readers to read content. What more can you do to make a difference?” asked one of the students in the audience.
BackdropOn the morning of 17th September 2014, the sun shined bright at Taita Taveta Technical University, when students and teachers gathered to be a part of a discussion on the pedagogy change. The aim of the discussion was to give students the power to take control of their learning throughout the course.
Do universities need to keep the digital skills gap in mind while educating? A big, gigantic YES! With the amount of time youth spends online; the need to digitize education becomes even more crucial. Education worldwide has reached a phase like never before. Technological advancement has paved way to a whole new world of learning. Now, students and educators have access to knowledge anywhere, anytime. Digital and online resources have made learning a fun and interactive task.
Use of technology, especially giving students the access of mobile devices like tablets in education, sounds like a debatable topic to someone born before the start of digital age. Some are sound enough to embrace the technology as it progresses, while there are some, who need a gentle push towards the acceptance of almost anything! The world has entered the age of Digital Natives, where using technology in the field of education is not considered to be a big-win anymore!