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KIU Students Adopt Digital Learning During the Shutdown Period


KIU, Main Campus - On 18th March 2020, President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addressed the nation on the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

During the address, the President ordered the closure of schools and tertiary institutions for one month over threats of Coronavirus pandemic, thereby prompting KIU to provide her students with online learning material during this period.

The KIU students who were preparing for their continuous assessment tests that were scheduled this month will now be required to hand in their assignments electronically.

Dr. Mbabazize Mbabazi, the Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that the lecturers are much more ready to offer the necessary assistance the students will require during this one month.

"With the advancement of technology, there is no way one can avoid online learning because it's a basic requirement for all universities. Our students have been actually doing this but on their own. However, this time around it's a must and lecturers are actually ready to guide," he said.

He further stated that students will have access to LMS via the university website from which they will interact with the appropriate KIU web-based content through hyperlinks specific to schools, faculties and colleges.

He advised students to follow instructions given by the course-unit lecturers via the LMS or shared within the WhatsApp groups created by the coordinators.

According to H.E Ariiho Moses, the Guild President at KIU, this will enable students to explore other channels of learning since most of the students have been used to face to face interaction.

"Students have been used to face-to-face interactions but this current situation is going to force them to explore different methods of studying," he said.

In addition, he encouraged all students to embrace this method of learning and complete their assignments so as to ease the work of the lecturers once university resumes.