Lead partner: The Association of Commonwealth Universities (UK)
Partners: 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.
Expected duration: four years
Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) will address the critical academic staff shortages many East African universities are currently facing. It will enable universities to share teaching resources through quality assured, credit-bearing degree courses, delivered through blended learning.
By participating in PEBL, East African universities will be able to expand the range of courses offered to students enrolled on taught undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and ease the teaching burden placed on their staff. Quality assured courses, taught by academics from other institutions in the region, will provide students with online teaching, combined with in-person tutoring and assessment, resulting in degree credits from their own university.
To ensure the courses offered through PEBL are high quality, the project will also grow the educational development capacity of its partner universities. It will do this by building a solid base of expertise amongst academic staff in the use of effective blended learning pedagogies, and focusing on developing students’ soft skills.
In this way, PEBL will enhance teaching quality, student outcomes, and graduate employability, helping to ensure that students graduate from East African universities with the relevant skills and knowledge needed for the workplace in a dynamic and changing economic climate.