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The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

PEBL is helping universities across East Africa share valuable teaching resources through the development of quality assured, credit-bearing courses delivered through blended learning. In this way, PEBL enhances teaching quality and student outcomes, and help to address the growing shortage of academic staff faced by universities.

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The challenge

East Africa is currently facing a critical shortage of academic teaching staff, which, when coupled with the rapid expansion of higher education across the region, is leading to unsustainable teaching loads within many universities. This situation is having an adverse impact on the quality of higher education delivery and the student experience.

The solution

PEBL is partnering with universities across the region to expand the delivery methods for a range of courses for their undergraduate and postgraduate students. Through new quality assured blended learning courses students can experience high-quality online learning, combined with face-to-face sessions, to gain degree credits. PEBL also grows the educational development capacity of the universities in its network by building a solid base of expertise amongst academic staff in the use of effective blended learning pedagogies.

Highlights

As of December 2020:

  • 50+ academics across the PEBL network have been trained in blended learning pedagogy and curriculum design.
  • Trained staff have cascaded their knowledge to over 1,000 additional teaching staff in their universities.
  • 16 blended modules in the areas of ICT, business, health and applied sciences, and education have been developed by 9 universities across East Africa.
  • PEBL modules have benefitted over 10,000 students across 11 universities in East Africa.
  • 80% of the students who responded to a survey reported satisfaction with the content and format of the modules while 89% believed that the use of PEBL modules helped improve their technical skills.

The partners

The PEBL partnership is led by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (UK), working with Commission for University Education (Kenya), Commonwealth of Learning (Canada), Kenyatta University (Kenya), Makerere University (Uganda), Open University of Tanzania, State University of Zanzibar (Tanzania), Staff and Educational Development Association (UK), Strathmore University (Kenya), University of Edinburgh (UK), and the University of Rwanda.

Summative evaluation report

This report presents the results of a summative evaluation of the Partnership in Enhanced and Blended Learning project. The aim of the evaluation was to identify the extent to which the project has achieved it's intended outcome of  “Increased flexibility in East African Higher Education systems to expand capacity to meet increasing graduate learning demands without eroding quality”.

The evaluation was conducted by INASP and covered the period comprising September 2017 to April 2021. It considers project effectiveness, changes on institutionalisation of policies and practices, changes to capacity building, quality of blended learning, sustainability, vale-for-money, and overall lessons learned. 

Please download the report at the bottom of this page. You can also read a blog by INASP presenting the evaluation: https://www.inasp.info/project/summative-evaluation-partnership-enhanced-and-blended-learning-project

 

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