Kenya’s College of insurance (COI) known for certification in proficiency in insurance in the region, announced that it is in the process of getting all its courses available on Blackboard e-learning platform by 2020.
This was announced by Mr. Abiud Ogechi, Head of ICT, College of insurance, during a breakfast event hosted, by Blackboard and Crescentech, at Aspire Center, Nairobi, Kenya.
“We went to e-learning because of some of the challenges we had especially in-terms of accessibility and scalability,” said Mr. Ogechi.
“While there has been a growing need for middle-level practioner training, the global education trend is to offer online courses that are more affordable and can reach a wider population. However, our conversation with many local institutions reveals that while there is a desire to adopt online learning, the institutions do not have a strategy to re-design their face-to-face courses into online courses,” Said Blackboard in a statement.
He explained further that, the institution started their journey towards e-learning with Blackboard this year, where it has been about, including their short courses and branding of their portal. In 2019 they plan on going a step further by including examinations and additional courses. By 2020 Mr. Ogechi predicts that the College of insurance will have all its courses on e-learning, at the same time offering video sessions for students.
The event provided insights on how to transition to blended (online and face-to-face) e-learning modules for middle level institutions. And how Blackboard can allow such institutions to transition.
Blackboard is a virtual learning environment and course management system developed by Blackboard Inc. It is Web-based server software which features course management, customizable open architecture, and scalable design that allows integration with student information systems and authentication protocols.
It may be installed on local servers or hosted by Blackboard ASP Solutions. Its main purposes are to add online elements to courses traditionally delivered face-to-face and to develop completely online courses with few or no face-to-face meetings.