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OPEN, DISTANCE & e-LEARNING DEPARTMENT
üTo support academic departments on open, distance and e-learning services
üTo promote blended learning; integrating distance (remote) and residential learning
ütechnical and vocational
üromote strategies and possibilities of establishing a satellite campus in Kangema Township
üTo promote and coordinate flexible mode (part-time training)-evening, school holidays and weekends
üTo promote industry and community partnership in skills development for sustainable development
National and Regional Intervention on ODeL Activities and Processes
MoE state department for vocational and technical training has established National TVET ODeL centre at the Kenya Technical Teachers College, Nairobi to support TVET institutions on ODeL. With this, a national steering committee on TVET ODeL has been established. Below it, TVET regional representatives have been appointed based on the 5 Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI) regions.
TVET has designed and dissemination TVET ODeL standard to streamline and regulate ODeL activities in TVET.
MOE-SD VTT also working with other agencies such as Kenya Education Network (KENET) and Safaricom to support online and distance learning in TVET.
Online Learning Platforms
There are basically two classes of online learning platforms i.e
(Programmed Lessons Learning Platforms)
These are software application used for administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, automation and delivery of educational and training courses. LMSs are designed to support teachers and teacher educators in administering and managing accessible courses and programs. Learners can pace themselves and access the course material at any time and at their pace and virtually anywhere. Learning management systems store confidential data such as training content, student information and teacher information. These platforms include Moodle, Talent LMS, Canvas, Blackboard, MookIT.
(Remote Teaching Platforms)(Web conferencing platforms)(Video conferencing platforms)
These platforms are used to hold live training sessions and webinars. These sessions usually simulate a physical classroom hence allow teachers to have real-time interactions with students. The platforms include kenet web conferencing, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx and Google teams.
Both platforms classes are important due to their varied advantages. For example virtual platforms stimulate physical classes and interactions between learners and teachers. LMS are more comprehensive learning software; allow programmed lessons, more effective in monitoring & tracking and cheaper in accessing learning content. However LMS is more costly and involving to deploy as compared to virtual classes platforms. The two can be used separately and in integrated mode.
In light of the above, Michuki T.T.I has deployment Moodle Learning Management System(LMS) and Google Apps for Education-Google Meet and Google classroom as Online learning platforms.
Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL)
MR Samuel Gichuki