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DISTANCE LEARNING IN KENYA.

By Director of Studies

Lead trainer-Kenya Institute of Open Learning

Distance education, or distance learning, is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy and andragogy, technology, and instructional systems design that aim to deliver education to students who are not physically \"on site\". It is a process that aims to create and provide access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both.”. In other words, distance learning is the process of creating an educational experience of equal qualitative value for the learner to best suit their needs outside the classroom. Rather than attending courses in person, teachers and students may communicate at times of their own choosing by exchanging printed or electronic media, or through technology that allows them to communicate in real time and through other online ways. Distance education courses that require a physical on-site presence for any reason including the taking of examinations is considered to be a hybrid or blended course of study.

This emerging technology is becoming widely used in institutions of higher learning around the globe. With the recent trend of technological advance, distance learning is becoming more recognized for its potential in providing individualized attention and communication with students internationally. With the communication technology advancement one lecture in a certain corner of the world will be attended by millions of students from any corner of the world. Very soon any person with access to a computer will be able to attend a lecture transmitted electronically in real time at any time.

 Time has come when the traditional face to face regular classes and learning is no longer supportive of continuing education. Study leaves are no longer entertained by many companies. Many changes in life styles and other commitments have reduced the available time for those seeking education to attend regular classes. Demand for continuing education especially among the working class and generally adults has made distance learning come of age. Almost everybody is looking for an extra skill that gives them a competitive edge. Employers are looking for that person with multi skills .due to problems of unemployment others have found themselves working in  different areas away from their initial training and this necessitates them to seek training in the related area.. Therefore continued training has become a necessity. Majority of these people seeking further skills have difficulties in attending the conventional classes on a continuous base. Their life commitments do not leave them with time to go to college. A research done by Kenya Institute of Open Learning identified the following as the main obstacles to continued education
a)         Time:
            Distance
            Finances (High Cost)
            Admission Requirements
            Strict calendars
            Age
           
As a natural reaction to these challenges, distance learning has evolved to be a learning mode of a choice. Distance learning programmes attract mature students and most of the courses are skills based. This makes it easier for the student to relate the content with day to day work and own experiences.
Kenya Institute of Open Learning (KIOL) is a leading model distance learning institution founded on a theme of reaching every one who aspires to learn. Its core pillars include flexibility, accessibility and affordability while maintaining quality. Through this programme you are able to learn at your own pace, while at home or working. It is a new dawn for getting that elusive skill that could change your life. The opportunities to improve your value in terms of skills and qualification is now in your hands. Go for it and you will never regret.

Welcome to KIOL where your career sucees begins
Director of Studies

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