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Introduction

For the last 50 years, the School of Continuing and Distance Education (SCDE) has been the leader in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Kenya. Its activities date back to 1953 when the first Department of Extra Mural Studies was founded in Makerere with a resident tutor for Kenya.

As the forerunner of the present University of Nairobi, the School has consistently maintained its position of leadership by being the torch bearer in the area of ODL. It has faithfully carried out its mandate of providing quality education and extending the University's reach and hence, training opportunities to the wider population in our country.

 

The School offers academic programmes using Open and Distance Learning methods (ODL) which is a convenient mode of teaching and learning that does not constrain the student to be physically present in the same location as the instructor. Historically, ODL meant correspondence study. Today, audio, video, and computer technologies are the more common delivery modes, in addition to face-to-face instruction.

The key defining elements of ODL are:

  •   The separation of teacher and learner during the learning process.
  •   The use of educational media to unite teacher and learner and carry course content.
  •   The provision of two-way communication between teacher, tutor, or educational agency and learner.

ODL was originally a tool for helping Universities reach beyond the campus. However, newer technology has made distance education an important tool for bringing learning resources onto campus and for sharing resources among campuses. University of Nairobi therefore needs to see ODL not as a separate activity, but as part of an integrated approach toward achieving University-wide strategic goals.

 

Previous Deans

 

Prof. Florida A Karani  1986 - 1988

 

Mr. Ben Gitau 1988 - 1990

 

Jeckoniah Odumbe 1991 - 1996

Dr Peter Keiyoro 1996 - 1998

 

Prof David Macharia 1998 -  2002

 

Dr. Robert Ayot  2002 - 2005

 

Prof. Guantai Mboroki 2005 - 2012

 

Prof. Harriet Kidombo 2012 - To date

 

MAJOR MILESTONES:

 

  • Since its inception, the School of Continuing and Distance Education has made major strides in the field of Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) including expansion of range of programmes and learner support services. The following are some examples of the milestones that we have achieved:
  • Increased the number of programmes from 5 in 2000 ( 1 bachelors degree, 1 postgraduate diploma, and 3 diplomas) to 22 programmes in 2013 (2 PhD, 3 masters, 4 bachelors degree, 4 postgraduate diploma, 9 diploma)
  • Increased enrollment from less than 1000 students in 1990 to over 10, 000 students in 2013.
  • In the year 2002, the School had a total revenue generation of less than 200 million and over 600 million in 2013
  • Increased the number of annual graduands from 845 in 2005 to 3929 in 2012
  • Increased the Number of Extra Mural Centres from 6 in 2000 to 12 Extra Mural Centres and 31 Sub-Centres in 2013.
  • In the year 2000, the School had 2 Professors, and 1 PhD holder. Today there are 2 Professors, 1 Associate Professor, and 19 PhD holders seven of whom are Senior Lecturers.
  • To ensure timely examination processing the School has a central marking system

lion and over 600 million in 2013

  • Increased the number of annual graduands from 845 in 2005 to 3929 in 2012
  • Increased the Number of Extra Mural Centres from 6 in 2000 to 12 Extra Mural Centres and 31 Sub-Centres in 2013.
  • In the year 2000, the School had 2 Professors, and 1 PhD holder. Today there are 2 Professors, 1 Associate Professor, and 19 PhD holders seven of whom are Senior Lecturers.
  • To ensure timely examination processing the School has a central marking system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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