Universities across globe meet in Nairobi to discuss partnerships in online learning

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By Obegi Malack

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Top leaders drawn from various universities across the globe met in Nairobi recently to discuss how to utilize online learning to boost learning in a collaborative approach.

Top leaders from 17 universities met in Nairobi recently for a workshop on the COIL programme organised by the University of Nairobi, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and Maseno University with experts from Kibabii University and University of Leibniz University Hannover (Germany).

The workshop was sponsored by Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and University of Potsdam Germany.

The programme was initiated by DAAD and the German Rectors Conference with partial funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development Cooperation.

A UoN senior lecturer Dr Ezekiel Mecha who is also COIL expert and member UoN International Linkages challenged the universities to embrace the programme.

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COIL is online learning in an international setting, with interactive sessions involving students and faculty from different international and intercultural backgrounds in and outside the classroom. This new technology of teaching through visual platforms creates opportunities for intercultural exchange and international learning environments without the need to travel abroad.

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Dr Dorothee Weyler DAAD regional director said the workshop was important since it come up with more areas of partnership.

Prof Marcus Hoppe of Germany’s Leibniz University Hannover said regional collaborations will strengthen universities collective bargaining power and also enable them to share knowledge and pool technical expertise.

Prof Meshack Obonyo who represented Inter University Council of East Africa said advised promotion of regionalization and Internationalization.

The workshop also offered an opportunity to explore the possibilities of combining the lessons learned in online education and international collaborations and linkages.

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