June 22nd, 2022 (Baraton, Kenya) – In a significant move towards advancing eLearning initiatives, Rift Valley Technical & Training Institute (RVTTI) was honored to visit the University of Eastern Africa for a benchmarking visit by the esteemed eLearning team from . The visit, which took place June 21, 2023, focused on exploring and evaluating various aspects of eLearning with the aim of fostering knowledge exchange and collaborative growth in the field of online education.

Led by experts in the eLearning domain, the benchmarking visit encompassed a comprehensive assessment of key areas vital to enhancing the eLearning landscape. Dr. Meshack Misoi, Director for Online Learning & Distance Education, the University of Eastern Africa, expressed his excitement about the visit, highlighting the potential for mutual learning and progress in the realm of online education.

The benchmarking visit placed particular emphasis on several critical areas related to eLearning. The first area of focus was the organization of the eLearning Center Department. Experts examined the structure, roles, and responsibilities of the department, aiming to identify effective strategies for organizing and managing eLearning initiatives within the institution.

Another significant aspect evaluated was the general layout of the virtual learning center. The team assessed the design and user interface of the virtual learning environment, seeking insights to optimize user experience and facilitate seamless navigation for students and faculty.

The eLearning taskforce, processes, and procedures were also closely examined during the visit. By studying the taskforce responsible for eLearning implementation, the visit aimed to identify efficient processes and procedures for developing, delivering, and maintaining online courses.

The concept of remote classrooms and the required internet infrastructure took center stage as well. Experts discussed strategies to enhance online teaching and explored the technological infrastructure necessary for smooth remote instruction. The importance of reliable internet connectivity was also highlighted to ensure uninterrupted access to eLearning resources.

The evaluation of Learning Management System (LMS) hosting services and the adoption of best practices were key considerations during the visit. Experts delved into the LMS features, examining how they could enhance learner engagement, collaboration, and assessment within the eLearning environment.

Lastly, strategies for conducting secure online examinations were explored. The benchmarking visit addressed the crucial challenge of ensuring the integrity and fairness of assessments in an online setting. Methods such as remote proctoring were discussed to facilitate safe and reliable examination processes.

The benchmarking visit commenced promptly at 9:00 am and provided an opportunity for in-depth discussions, knowledge sharing, and collaborative brainstorming sessions between RVTTI and the University of Eastern Africa. Prof. Moses Kibirango, the Director for Quality Assurance, UEAB, expressed his gratitude for the knowledge and insights gained from the benchmarking visit, emphasizing the commitment of both institutions to furthering the advancement of eLearning.

As the world embraces the digital era, the benchmarking visit serves as a testament to the commitment of educational institutions to adapt and enhance their eLearning capabilities. The University of Eastern Africa looks forward to implementing the insights gained from the benchmarking visit, propelling its eLearning initiatives to new heights and fostering a culture of innovation and excellence in online education.

About the University of Eastern Africa:

The University of Eastern Africa is a leading institution of higher learning dedicated to providing quality education and promoting research and innovation. With a focus on interdisciplinary education and a commitment to student success, the university offers a wide range of programs and is a pioneer in adopting eLearning technologies to meet the evolving needs of students.

About Rift Valley Technical & Training Institute:

Rift Valley Technical & Training Institute (RVTTI) is a renowned institution in the technical and vocational education and training sector. Committed to providing high-quality training and fostering innovation, RVTTI plays a pivotal role in equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in today’s rapidly changing job market.

–Dr. Nathan Gitonga


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