MKU digital varsity is a collaborating partner of Sakai Platform of USA
By Standard Reporter
| September 6th 2016
MKU Digital Varsity started as an abstract in July 2010, motivated by the Mount Kenya University’s desire to expand access to higher education and to provide an alternative way of obtaining quality academic qualifications to those who could not attend the campus-based mode of learning.
The university has invested in reliable ICT infrastructure, integrated students management and digital learning management systems to actualise digital learning.
Like the proverbial long journey that starts with only one step, MKU Digital Varsity started as a small distance learning centre housed at the Main Campus in Thika, offering Bachelor of Business Management and Bachelor of Psychology.
With just a population of around 50 students, the centre morphed into MKU’s Virtual Campus in July 2011, and later to Virtual Varsity in 2012. Now it is Digital Varsity.
Currently, over 10,000 students are enrolled in various course programmes, with the number set to grow to over 50,000 students.
Why has the Digital Learning at the University become so popular within a short time?
- The University Digital Learning Management system is one of the best learning system and has powerful and added features that enhance learning, access to resources, Virtual interaction, online CATs, assignments, marking and grading of the CATs and self paced learning.
- Because of the flexibility it offers,It is also affordable. Students also like the way we take care of them by solving any challenges they may face in using the platform.”
- Because Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is available, it is easy for students to stay in contact with the university should they need assistance.
- Diaspora Students sit for exams in Kenyan Embassies abroad hence convenience and cost savings instead of them travelling back to Kenya.
- The Digital students as well sit for exams in the university approved campuses and centres making the mode of learning flexible and friendly.
- The learning is flexible and courses run on trimester basis and credit transfers are given on application by the academic heads
- Reliable students academic, technical support and customer care team through the varsity call centre.
- Two graduation ceremonies per year hence it enhances academic progression.
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