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Embracing Technology in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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KIU, Main Campus - With the current wave of unfolding events concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, educational institutions have been left with no option but to embrace technology as the only way to still engage with their students. According to Dr. Susanne Nambatya, Head of Department of Development, Peace and Conflict Studies, at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed lecturers to embrace technology and appreciate the advantages it has in fostering the continuity of learning activities as people take care of themselves. Additionally, Dr. Nambatya emphasized that students are being given extra guidance on how to navigate the platform.

“Students ask a few questions here and there and as the lecturers, we try our best to address their questions/needs in order to make them comfortably transition into this new style of online teaching and learning," she said. For students who are struggling to keep up, the Head of Department shared that the college is, “trying to encourage all students to stay in touch with their fellow colleagues such that they are not left behind in regards to any communication passed or information shared.” She advised all students to fully embrace online learning as it's a great opportunity for them to get familiar with the University's e-learning platform. In regards to the state of affairs today, she encouraged students to avoid crowded places, wash hands carefully with soap and water, avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth to lessen the risks of catching COVID-19, as communicated by the Ministry of Health.



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