Moodle is one of the worldwide used open-source learning management platforms and is currently being used by various learning institutions in Kenya. The currently available release for Moodle is 3.11 with Moodle 4 being expected in December 2021. It is important to ensure that you are running the latest version of Moodle due to the following reasons:
Online learning has become integral to teaching models in universities lately. The sudden shift has been attributed to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The shift to online learning and teaching is expected to persist post the pandemic as majority of learners and teachers will have acquired requisite skills for and adopted to this mode of delivery. In response to the growing demand for remote teaching and resultant platform and Internet accessibility, whose mandate is to transform learning using ICT, offered a free web conferencing platform to its member institutions.
The KENET web conference platform runs on BigBlueButton open source software and supports real-time sharing of audio, video, slides (with whiteboard controls), chat, and the screen. The platform is interactive as it allows instructors to engage remotely with students using polls, emojis, multi-user whiteboard, and breakout rooms. The platform can also be used for group collaboration and remote teaching.
Many Universities have reported successful transition to online learning and are touting the benefits: Dr Muchelule, a Lecturer at JKUAT
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted learning with many learning institutions across the Country remaining closed since March 15, 2020. The uncertainty of the duration of the pandemic has forced learning institutions to find ways to ensure learning continues using ICT Technologies to allow students to access learning materials outside the campus premises.
In line with the KENET vision, “transforming education using ICT”, KENET has partnered with mobile service providers to supply discounted E-Learning Bundles to facilitate online learning among the higher education community. The E-Learning Discounted Bundle is an ideal solution for students and staff of educational institutions where the learning institution offers e-learning and online learning through educational resources available over the Internet.