Zetech Invests in free data to boost online learning
With a powerful start to the May 2020 semester amidst the global pandemic Corona virus (COVID-19), Zetech University has built on its provision of blended learning through an investment in subsidized internet to provide free 10GB data bundles to students.
This is aimed ensuring uninterrupted learning to ensure students complete their studies in line with the academic calendar despite the suspension of face to face learning by the government due to COVD-19.
Following the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, universities have been forced to embrace e-learning and teaching solutions to curb the spread of the disease through directives such as social distancing to safeguard the safety of students and faculty.
Commenting on the move, the Vice Chancellor Professor Njenga Munene challenged students to leverage on the provision to enhance their academic and research experience. “As a world-class institution of higher learning, we embrace technology as a major tool in enriching higher education. This is attainable when we as universities empower our students to access online training and the provision of free data bundles is a step in the right direction. When students lack such opportunities then as Zetech, we may fail to deliver our objectives.” Prof Munene said. He further appreciated Safaricom, KENET and other collaborative partners for supporting the education industry to ensure Kenyans comfortably consume digital content and advance their education.
Celebrating the shift to blended learning that incorporates online engagement with streamed videos for specified lecturers, DVC- Academics, Research and Student Affairs Dr. Alice Njuguna pointed out that technology is part of our culture and must be embraced in delivery of quality education. “We have implemented a blended learning platform to mirror the face to face learning to make sure we maintain interaction between lecturers and students while equipping them to efficiently use technology.” said Dr. Njuguna, adding, “With such collaborations, we will continue to roll out programmes that support this kind of learning.”
Charging the students to make good use of the opportunity, Dr. Njuguna further challenged the students to think beyond the pandemic and come up with solutions to combat the global virus. “I believe as a University we have brilliant minds and working with the partners such as Safaricom we will enable universities to develop inventions for a fully sustainable community.” she said.
In an online orientation for the hundreds of students who have enrolled for the May 2020 intake, Register Academics Mr. Peter Osumba assured the student body taking business, hospitality, media, social sciences and IT programmes of an interactive and inclusive trimester in this era of technology. He urged students to embrace this initiative that will inform a more vibrant e-learning programme for the University.