Knowledge Enhancement through ICT: Challenges and Opportunities of Adoption of eLearning in Kisii University
The need to increase accessibility of education to meet growing global demand has necessitated a shift from traditional methods of providing instruction resulting into theutilization of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as an alternative means of accessing educational resources. Such development has enabled education providers to shift from traditional methods of instruction delivery to use of ICT and emergent technologies as a platform for provision of education. This study argues that despite the opportunities presented by adoption of eLearning and open education resources; namely: cost effectiveness; saving time; easy access to material and referencing; interactive learning; and, collaborative learning, universities are hindered in increasing access to quality education by a number of challenges. The study examined the challenges that universities face in the adoption of eLearning as a means of increasing access to quality education and interrogates its low uptake despite the enormous opportunities it creates for greater access to quality education. The study applied case method in analyzing the infrastructural aspects that pose challenges to adoption of sustainable eLearning in Kisii University. The paper established that the major challenges to uptake of eLearning include; lack of adequate infrastructure, low technical competency levels among lecturers and low state funding. It is also shown that opportunities presented by adoption of e-Learning include knowledge acquisition, saving of time and costs. Local improvisation is recommended as option for maximising on existing infrastructural capacity to increase uptake of individual self paced offline and online eLearning methods and asynchronous eL-Learning methods
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