Embracing New Paradigms in Educational Technology: Enhancing Access to Learning in Higher Education in Kenya


Omulando, Carol (2010) Embracing New Paradigms in Educational Technology: Enhancing Access to Learning in Higher Education in Kenya. In: The 1st KIM Conference on Management : Transforming Higher Education - Opportunities and Challenges, KICC.

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Abstract

he thrust of this paper is an argument that by embracing new paradigms in educational technology, Kenya can effectively enhance access to learning in higher education. The demand for higher education worldwide is growing at a tremendous rate and many public universities which peg their admissions on bed space are unable to meet these demands. In addition, there is a huge population of people who cannot access education through the conventional modes; these include the working class in society who would like to further their education without leaving their places of work, and the various groups of people who cannot directly register under the regular conventional education due to the demands of their professional engagements or orientations. The current attempts by universities in Kenya to meet this demand have largely taken the form of the establishment of satellite campuses in different parts of the country. However this has created many challenges: the inability to improve facilities available, but more especially it has stretched the human resource in these institutions. Furthermore, it does not fully address the needs of the special groups of people. Such a scenario is due to the fact that the provision of learning is still based on the traditional forms of educational technologies under the conventional education mode. It is our argument in this paper that there is a need for a paradigm shift which calls for the utilisation of new forms of educational technologies to give diversified and better quality education in institutions of higher learning. A shift in the types of educational technologies used would cater for the needs of this special group of people. Some of these technologies which we discuss in this paper include: the Internet, e-mail, video teleconferencing, virtual learning and computer-assisted learning, among others forms of technology that have found a home in open and distance education. This is done against the background of the philosophies that inform the integration of these technologies into the instructional process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Conference > International Conference on Industry and Higher Education - 2010
Depositing User: Mr. David Mwangi
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 09:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 09:33
URI: http://repository.mua.ac.ke/id/eprint/20

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