How do distance learners connect?

Researchers from the College of Information Sciences and Technology found that creating computer-supported collaborative learning environments could help online learners build community and increase the likelihood that they would remain in their academic program. Credit: Adobe Stock: rocketclips In a typical college classroom, social connections are formed through face-to-face interactions. Through informal chats before and after class, group project meetings, and other exchanges, students are able to build community with their classmates and peers that often enrich their academic experience. But how do distance learners connect? In a recent study,…

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Centum sponsors 50 learners to study secondary education

Fifty learners from Kilifi County who passed their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination have been given scholarships to further their education. Centum Foundation, a subsidiary of Centum Investment, handed out the scholarships during the launch of ‘The Vipingo Development Limited Scholarship Fund’ at Timboni Primary School in Kilifi County on Sunday. A third of the beneficiaries are girls. Mr Kingi thanked the firm and said his administration has prioritised education. “We must say thank you to Centum. We have been getting some scholarship assistance from some of the…

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‘Terrible blow’ averted for distance learners

\ U-turn on new guideline that would have put private candidates off taking exams Contentious changes that could have jeopardised the ability of thousands of distance learners to sit GCSE and A-level exams have been averted, TES can reveal. Guidelines on the new qualifications, published by the regulator Ofqual earlier this year, stated that learners taking them independently would have to find a single exam centre not only to sit their exam but also for their non-examination assessments (NEAs). These include oral language exams, science practicals and English coursework. In…

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