A committee in the University of Nairobi, which is a participating institution in the Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) – a project being led by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) with partners: the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and the University of Edinburgh. The project is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK) under the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) initiative– held a meeting on the 14th of February, 2020 to discuss the Terms of reference to guide the university to become an active partner in the PEBL program. These were to;
- Evaluate the PEBL courses and determine entry points;
- Consider the common undergraduate and postgraduate courses and propose how they can be offered online;
- Provide guidelines for up-scaling blended learning – on site review of the blended learning survey; and
- Propose a sustainability plan beyond the PEBL project;
PEBL is helping universities across East Africa share valuable teaching resources through the development of quality assured, credit-bearing courses delivered through blended learning. In this way, PEBL will enhance teaching quality and student outcomes, and help to address the growing shortage of academic staff faced by universities.
The progress of implementation of the program is in its advanced stage, as several workshops and consultative meetings for blended learning programmes and six learning course modules have already been shared for use as complementary learning materials.