Status and challenges in the implementation of e-learning in Kenyan private universities: A case of Kenya Methodist University


Author: Kirongo C. Amos and Bundi G. Dorothy

This paper discusses the status and challenges faced by Private Universities in Kenya in e-learning Implementation and suggests possible approaches to its successful implementation. In the last decade, most Kenyan Private Universities have adopted e-learning as a new approach to content delivery to improve teaching and learning. However, the effective utilization of e-learning in private universities continues to be a challenge. This paper presents the findings from a survey of 226 students and 20 staff members of Kenya Methodist University Main and Meru Town Campuses who are currently using e-learning. The aim of this study was to investigate the status and challenges in the implementation of e-learning in Kenyan Private Universities. Data was collected through questionnaires and document analysis. The findings revealed that staff and students are aware of the existence of the e-learning platform, while its implementation has results to some challenges. However, the benefits and opportunities provided by e-learning overshadows the challenges. This paper finally recommends possible solutions that private universities could adopt to successfully implement e-learning.
Keywords: Status, Challenges, Implementation, eLearning

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About the Author: Amos Chege

I am currently a PhD. Computer Science student with a research interest in the area of Image Processing, machine learning, and data mining. My PhD. proposed work is based on development of Algorithms that will result in the creation of solutions for farmers faced with challenges on detection of a variety of plan stresses and remedying the challenges through Technology. In the area of Assistive Technologies, my research team and I have done research work in the area of Competence Network for e-Inclusion and Assistive Technologies. The research team from University of Applied Sciences Austria and Meru University of Science and Technology Kenya, managed to attract seed fund, and conducted a pilot study. The study was based in Meru County in Kenya where we were able to identify the need for Information Communications Technology (ICT) Assistive Devices for Special school Learners with Physical Disability. The gap identified will lead to design and roll-out of Innovative technologies that will enable learners in Special Schools access learning content electronically and be able to learn like other children. Findings of this study were presented during the 10th Decolonizing the Spirit Conference in University of Embu in July 2016. In the area of Open Government Data, together with my co-authors, we succeeded in proposing a model for integration of Open Government Data to Content Management Systems in Kenya. The research findings have been presented during the Nairobi Innovation Week Research Symposium at the University of Nairobi in March 2017. During the 11th Egerton University's International Conference and Innovation Week, held in March 2017, we were awarded the Best Paper Presentation in the category of Governance, Law and Security. We have proposed a model for adoption of Open Government Data in Kenya. In the area of Electronic Learning, we have done with my co-authors research in the areas of eLearning adoption and use in Institutions of Higher Learning and presented in the KEMU 2016 Annual Research Conference We have also done papers on Electronic waste management and disposal and presented in the International Conference on University - Industry Linkages held in Meru University of Science and Technology in October 2017. Currently ongoing research interests are in the area of Image Processing, Assistive technologies, Open Government Data, Enterprise Resource Planning adoption initiatives, Information Systems Risks and Security, and Remote Sensing in Turbidity Measurement in Water.

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