Development of Interactive Online Learning Modules: Lessons from Kenyatta University, Kenya
Kenyatta University established the Open and Distance learning (ODL) programme in 2003. At its inception, the programme was reliant on print modules which were distributed to the students enrolled in the programme. In 2014, the university embraced the concept of e-learning and changed the programme’s name to Virtual and Open Learning. Despite the change of name, the instructional materials and pedagogical approach have not changed much to reflect this shift. The current print modules have very little interactivity as would be expected of an effective online learning. This may largely be attributed to course facilitators’ lack of capacity to not only develop interactive online modules but also to e-teach. To address this problem, Kenyatta University’s School of Education in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning trained three academic staff from each of its seven departments on development of interactive modules from 26th October, 2015 to 6th November, 2015. After the training, the members formed departmental teams of two staff and were able to convert the soft copies of selected print modules into interactive modules. The trained academic staff are expected to cascade the skills acquired to the untrained staff members in the university. Despite the challenges faced in the development of interactive modules, there are important lessons that are worth sharing. The lessons may inform other institutions of higher learning desirous of making their online programmes more supportive, collaborative and effective. // Paper ID 242
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