Status of E-Learning in Public Universities in Kenya

  • George Lukoye Makokha Kenyatta University Geography Department P.O. Box 43844-00100 Nairobi KENYA
  • Dorothy Nduko Mutisya South Eastern Kenya University School of Water Resources, Science and Technology P.O. Box 170-90200 Kitui KENYA
Keywords: e-learning, e-learning status, e-learning policy, public universities, Kenya

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the status of e-learning in public universities in Kenya. Data were collected using questionnaires administered to both students and lecturers randomly sampled from seven public universities. Questionnaire responses were triangulated with interviews from key informants and focus group discussions (FGDs). Data were analyzed qualitatively and through use of descriptive statistics. Findings revealed that e-learning is at its infant stage in universities in Kenya. Majority of universities lacked senate approved e-learning policies to guide structured implementation. A few lecturers (32%) and students (35%) used e-learning and few courses (10%) were offered online. Majority of online uploaded modules (87%) were simply lecture notes and not interactive. Again, universities in Kenya lacked requisite ICT infrastructure and skills. The study recommends that universities partner with the private sector to improve ICT infrastructure, build capacity, and standardize e-learning programs in the country.

Author Biographies

George Lukoye Makokha, Kenyatta University Geography Department P.O. Box 43844-00100 Nairobi KENYA
Senior Lecturer, climatology, Physical Geography and Integrated Watershed Management. Trained e-learning expert and consultant
Dorothy Nduko Mutisya, South Eastern Kenya University School of Water Resources, Science and Technology P.O. Box 170-90200 Kitui KENYA
Associate Professor, Geography and Water Resources Management. Trained e-learning expert and consultant
Published
2016-05-16
How to Cite
Makokha, G. L., & Mutisya, D. N. (2016). Status of E-Learning in Public Universities in Kenya. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(3). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v17i3.2235
Section
Research Articles