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!
Uganda, August 2014 E-learning Africa Conference is a networking event for ICT-based education in Africa. The conference was conducted in Uganda this year, like it is conducted in different African countries for the past 8 years. It calls universities to present papers, conduct workshops and exhibition in an attempt to promote multinational contacts and partnership to enhance knowledge, expertise and abilities. The 3-day conference helps universities explore ways to implement ICT into their education delivery methods.
Nairobi, July 1st, 2014 Kenyatta University launched its Digital School, to provide quality education to meet the growing need for higher education. It is the first university in Central and Eastern Africa to host a Digital School. The programme, as per Prof. Olive Mugenda, Vice Chancellor, will have a combination of digital instruction and live tutorials regional centers in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Garissa, Kakamega, Nakuru, Nyeri, Marsabit and Embu.
Nairobi, May 2014Kenyatta University awards a contract to mElimu to supply smartphone tablets and platform for its Digital School. KU in an attempt to make quality education available to the growing demand has taken a step to embrace technology for the cause. The Digital School aims at providing higher education courses, diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate courses to those who cannot take up regular full-time courses. The e-learning platform is capable of delivering quality education to aspirants in a nontraditional way.