An increasing number of African universities are experiencing growing teaching burdens due to rapidly rising student populations and academic staff shortages, resulting in adverse impacts on teaching quality and the student experience.
Blended learning – a combination of face-to-face and online learning – offers a promising approach to address this challenge. However, blended learning uptake is a complex process that presents many challenges, particularly for institutions already facing staff shortages.
The Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) was originally established in East Africa. Bringing together 23 East African universities and technical partners based in the UK and Canada, and supported by UK FCDO's SPHEIR programme, it was a unique partnership designed to rapidly, and sustainably, scale up capacity for blended learning design and delivery. The project supported participating universities to develop, deliver, and share blended content - and enhanced the expertise of academic staff to successfully implement the blended learning models.
PEBL East Africa established a solid foundation for new programmes to grow, beginning with PEBL West Africa.
The success of the Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) comes down to its people. Read on to discover how the leaders and advocates of PEBL East Africa are supporting the digital transformation of teaching and learning at their universities.Read the stories
PEBL has given us access to immense resources that are helping us overcome varied challenges in our shift towards blended learning. Hitherto, our courses have been mainly face-to-face with very limited internal capacity to even think of transitioning to blended learning. The support structures in the project, as well as the collective learning across the partnership, have been invaluable to us. The capacity being built in us will tremendously help us transition to a campus that is more responsive to the learning needs of modern-day students."
- Dr. Robert Gateru,
Vice Chancellor, Riara University