African Virtual University

The Case of Kenyatta University, Kenya

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The virtual university takes the existing models of an Open University and extension learning one stage further by providing links that enable learners to take courses from overseas institutions as well as from the local university. This case study relates to the pilot phase of the African Virtual University at Kenyatta University in Kenya. It provides one of the few available insights into the reality of how the AVU has progressed in terms of concept, strategy and practice. It describes and analyses key issues regarding courses offered, operational economics, practical difficulties and the growing institutionalisation of the AVU as an integral part of higher education in Kenya.

The Commonwealth’s educational work promotes the exchange of experiences and good practice in the field of education. Commonwealth Case Studies in Education is a series of key papers focusing on innovations and challenges in education. Each case study presents a concise analysis of a topical and pertinent educational issue. The series marks an important contribution to educational advancement of benefit to countries, agencies and organisations, within the Commonwealth and beyond.



The AVU Network

The AVU network configuration originates at the studio location on the premises of the content-producing institution, or in a nearby facility leased by the institution. Each content site includes all equipment necessary for the origination of both live and pre-recorded instructional programmes, and for the provision of these programmes to either a local or a remote INTELSAT-compatible uplink earth station. The studio also includes equipment necessary to provide certain levels and kinds of interactivity, such as audio talkback for live programmes, and to facilitate such other related functions as satellite files.


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