A growing number of east African universities are facing academic staff shortages and teaching burdens due to rapidly growing student populations. In order to address this challenge, the PEBL project enables 23 participating universities in the region to share scarce teaching resources through quality assured, credit-bearing degree courses delivered online.
These virtual modules are currently available on OER Africa. They have been used by lecturers at PEBL institutions to complement traditional face-to-face teaching and assessment methods in the classroom, and expand the range of courses offered to students enrolled in taught undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
To ensure the quality of courses offered, PEBL also grows the educational development capacity of partner universities by building a solid base of expertise amongst academic staff in the use of effective blended learning pedagogy. Students enrolled in PEBL courses may flexibly access online modules designed and taught by academics from other regional institutions to gain degree credits for their own degrees. Currently, over 10,000 students are benefitting from PEBL modules to build their skills.
By enhancing regional collaboration, teaching quality and student outcomes in east Africa, PEBL helps to ensure that students graduate from university with the relevant skills and knowledge needed for the workplace in a dynamic and changing economic climate.
PEBL is supported by UK FCDO's SPHEIR programme.
Lead partner: The Association of Commonwealth Universities
Partner and Participant Universities:
Africa Nazarene University
Kenya Methodist University
University of Nairobi
St. Paul's University
University of Eastern Africa Baraton
United States International University
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