Teaching on the KENET Remote teaching project starts

KENET is pleased that two of the three universities participating in the remote teaching project have already started teaching using the equipment provided. Web conference equipment was installed at all the sites including Daystar Athi river, Daystar town, CUEA langata, CUEA gaba, University of Nairobi main, University of Nairobi Mombasa and University of Nairobi Kisumu campuses. Each of the rooms have been installed with a video display unit (Television or projector), sound system and a video capture device (camera). KENET had already setup a web conference system using BigBlueButton system.

BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system which is based on GNU/Linux operating system and it has integration for many of the major learning and content management systems. The KENET web conferencing system supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities - such as a pointer, zooming and drawing - public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using FreeSWITCH, and support for presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents. Moreover, users may enter the conference in one of two roles: viewer or moderator.

As a viewer, a user may join the voice conference, share their webcam, raise their hand, and chat with others. As a moderator, a user may mute/unmute others, eject any user from the session, and make any user the current presenter. The presenter may upload slides and control the presentation. All these features have been integrated for remote teaching in the KENET project. A survey will be done to establish the perception and effectiveness of the technology for teaching.