E-Learning is coming to KIU

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By Staff Writer

You may have heard about eLearning before.  However, like most people, you’re probably not very familiar with what it is and how it works.  Simply put, eLearning is training provided via a computer or any other digital device where the learning is not restrictive and can be done anytime, anywhere.

According to the Economic Times, a global leader in economic reporting, eLearning was not wholeheartedly accepted a couple of decades ago as it was assumed that it lacked the human element required in learning.  Fast forward to the present day dynamism in learning, it is now embraced by the masses because of the flexibility and mobility that it offers mostly attributed to technological advancements.

In keeping up with the times, Kampala International University (KIU) will be launching its eLearning platform anytime soon. This will enable students to study off campus. 

We caught up with Seth Muhairwe, one of KIU’s lead architects on the eLearning project to get a better understanding of why it’s so popular today, “It makes the learning process very entertaining. You have online chatting, discussion forums for classroom debates and analysis. You get the innovative use of social media for classroom projects. And that’s just the exciting part,” he said.

Muhairwe also noted that the platform offers a flexible, non-intimidating and safe learning environment where students have no fear of asking questions, and it reduces the stress level of anxiety-inducing assignments, “Students can learn at their own speed instead of following the speed of the whole group,” he added.

The eLearning platform is already a success at the Kampala International University Tanzania Campus with 4700 users benefitting from it.

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