Zetech University banks on built capacity to boost digital learning


Zetech University banks on built capacity to boost digital learning
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The impact of COVID-19 on higher learning has disrupted the way students access university education globally, with the third wave in Kenya interrupting face to face learning.

In response to this challenge, Zetech University is banking on established online training systems to extend its successful virtual blended learning program and increase its online student base.

The University, which prides itself in technology-based training, invested over Ksh.8 million in restructuring its Learning Management System designed to onboard thousands of learners onto its e-learning platform and meet the needs of a more digital native student population.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Njenga Munene highlighted the significance of leveraging digital solutions to ensure students’ progress with their learning and graduate on time.

“At Zetech University, we are keen to satisfy the requirements of the increasingly tech-forward industry so we have employed relevant digital tools for continuous learning. Last year, we embarked on a robust blended learning program, graduating thousands in a successful online graduation ceremony, and this year, we are banking on lessons learnt to provide a richer learning experience.” said Prof. Munene.

In April last year, the University transitioned to remote learning, recording an impressive uptake of online learning, with 80% of its students adapting to the new mode of learning, and over 1000 Government-sponsored students registering for the July and September 2020 intakes.

According to University DVC, Academics, Research, Extension and Student Affairs Dr. Alice Njuguna, students have enjoyed uninterrupted learning, benefitting from timely completion of their certificate, diploma and degree programs.

“Our learners adjusted to the online mode of learning, saving on time and costs and ultimately, gaining advantage over their peers,” she said, adding that the University continues to benchmark against international standards to ensure provision of  quality online learning and enable students to learn, undertake online exams, and graduate on time.

As the University transitions to a new semester in May, strategies are in place to enhance the academic experience and complement this with student support, counselling and mental health initiatives, scheduled sports activities as well as continuous engagement with guardians to ensure they are satisfied with the services provided during these challenging times.

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