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E-Learning policy making processes: an evidence based application at Kenyatta University Marsabit Distance Learning Centre.

Gatimu, Kiranga

Abstract:
The paper discuses evidence‐base approach to policy making in general and e‐learning in particular. E‐learning is understood as a subset of distance education both in theory and in practice. The discussion considers the functions of a policy in general and in e‐learning as a tool for enhancing managerial decision making. From the discussions, merits and demerits the theoretical issues of evidence‐based approach to policymaking are considered. Even so, evidence‐based policy process closes the gap, which sometimes becomes apparent between what is known on the one hand, and what is practiced on the other. Moreover, evidence‐based approach potentially avoids or at least minimizes the chances of policy failures on e‐learning programmes. The on‐going Kenyatta University e‐learning Marsabit Project targeting female teachers is used to illustrate how evidence‐based policy orientation is helping to detect and correct e‐learning policy at micro‐level. In many ways, The Marsabit Project is evidence‐led. In many in many respects, this has evolutionary characteristics that are turning out to be very different from the mainstream of Kenyatta University’s e‐learning policy and practice.
Key words Evidence‐ based approach, e‐learning, policy functions.

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Title of Paper: E-Learning policy making processes: an evidence based application at Kenyatta University Marsabit Distance Learning Centre.
Conference Location: A paper presented at The First Regional Conference on E-Learning hasted by Kenyatta University 18th – 20th November 2008 (Revised 21st Feb 09)


Date:2009
Document Type:Conference Paper ()
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Kenya
Keywords:E Learning, Distance Learning, Kenyatta University, Kenya, Policy Process, Policy Making, Policy, Policy Development


File Size:227 KB
Rights:Self archived
Date Added:17 March 2009


Gatimu, Kiranga (2009). E-Learning policy making processes: an evidence based application at Kenyatta University Marsabit Distance Learning Centre.