Major Ammendments In University Education as Open University Takes Off
Major Ammendments In University Education as Open University Takes Off. According to the MP for Emuhaya, the National Assembly approved the Cabinet Secretary for Education‘s request to establish the Open University of Kenya on July 6, 2023.
The decision marked a turning moment in the nation’s ambition to create an open university.
The UK’s Open Institution’s motto, “Open to People, Open to Places; Open to Methods, and Open to Ideas,” captures the significance of an open institution.
Any open university must uphold the idea of making education accessible by being free to all.
Kenya needs an open university, a specialized institution that offers programs through distance and online study, according to a section in the Universities Act.
Since the law was passed in 2012, however, this clause has never been used. This is despite the committee’s efforts, which were established with that objective in mind, and the intention stated in prior policy documents to do so.
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The Cabinet Secretary for Education established a Technical Working Committee in January of this year to help achieve this national objective.
University Education Will Change Significantly As Open Universities Take Off
The team that created the founding programs, created the founding documents and instruments, and managed the accreditation procedure for the kind of open university that Kenya requires gave me the honor of participating.
The process made it evident which innovations higher education will need to implement in order to keep up with the times.
The first thing is the nature of learning. The emphasis is moving from a teacher-centered method, where the lecturer is king, to one that is learner-centered.
The second is the use of the flipped classroom pedagogical paradigm, which involves presenting content outside of typical classroom settings and using the class as a venue for application, in-depth study, and inquiry.
Technology is a crucial component of the educational process. We put a lot of effort into developing learning modules and digitizing the content to enable its use and deployment in the e-learning paradigm.
This should be distinguished from the emergency remote learning technique, in which we employ technology to imitate the delivery of actual lessons, that many institutions adopted in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
In order to create a fully online learning environment, The Open University.
It lays the foundation for higher education’s fundamental revolution. alterations that call for greater ingenuity and adaptability. One of these areas will be quality assurance.
Despite three years of online learning, there are still problems with quality assurance. Mechanisms to assure assessment integrity are scarce and costly.
Exams should be replaced by assessments, according to the competence-based curriculum, which might provide a solution.