Since the President ordered all learning institutions in Kenya to be closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, students have become unoccupied as they stay at home to avert the spread of the virus.
Consequently, scholars have been forced to wait for governments and health workers to bring the pandemic into control for schools to open and learning to resume.
However, USIU – Kenya, (United States International University) is taking no chance in providing quality and timely education for its scholars.
During the two weeks preceding the president’s announcement, the institution has indulged its students in online learning through its advanced online platform, Blackboard for instructional purposes and Zoom as their video conferencing tool.
The innovative combination lets interaction between lectures and students and access to learning recourses seamless, thus providing a great learning experience without the need for brick and mortar lecture rooms.
Students use their laptops and internet to access the portal and go on with their studies from their safety homes.
On top of that, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza communicated that Safaricom has extended an arm to the university’s efforts by providing subsidized or cheap mobile data bundle referred to as ‘Remote learning Mobile Data Bundle Subsidy’
Through this partnership, USIU-Kenya students 10GB data bundle at a subsidized cost of Ksh. 500 for 30 days which is almost a fourth of the normal cost of Ksh 1800.
To enjoy this offer, however, the students need to register through this GOOGLE FORM by Midnight 31st Tuesday, March 2020. Those who opt-in will be informed on how to access the service within a fortnight after tests have been carried out.
As the Coronovirus pandemic continues to disrupt all entities and human activities around the world, academic institutions especially universities are realizing the importance of incorporating online courses to ensure their students don’t miss a bit.