INVITATION TO THE WOMEN TECHMAKERS: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017 AT KABARAK UNIVERSITY.

We would like to invite you all to the Women Techmakers international Women’s day 2017 which will be held on Saturday 25th march 2017, from 9:30am to 5:00pm at the Kabarak University Auditorium.

The event will aim at training the students mainly the female populous on various Google Technologies and also highlight the opportunities for women in technology. Some of the women leaders in technology from Andela and Safaricom will be present providing insight into the technology industry. It will be a great learning experience both on the technical and practical areas. There will be talks and guidance from experience developers and leaders not forgetting goodies from Google too.

If you would like to attend, the link for registration is goo.gl/ns85PW.  Registration is currently ongoing and it is absolutely FREE.

We look forward to see you there. Thank you.

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DIGITAL LITERACY TRAINING

TO ALL KENYAN TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND DIRECTORS.

We would like to extend an invitation for you to attend a digital literacy training to be held at Kabarak University Main Campus, KLAW 5 Building commencing on Friday,10th March 2017 at 8.00 am.

The training will cover an introduction to V-academy e-learning platform and also digital literacy skills for teachers.

If you would like to attend, the charges will be 2500/= per person catering for the training, meals and issuance of certificates. 

We look forward to see you there.

Digify Kenya – FREE 2-day Intensive Digital Skills Training

Here is a great opportunity to gain skills needed to be part of the digital revolution… 

We would like to extend an invitation for you to attend a digital skills training as part of a new Google-sponsored initiative, Digify Bytes. 

Digify Bytes is a two-day intensive course offering the fundamentals of digital marketing to young people throughout Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.   

If you would like to attend, we have a session running in Nairobi on Friday, 26 February and Saturday, 27 February.   

Please let us know no later than Friday, 19 February if you are interested in attending by completing this form HERE (http://goo.gl/forms/8gJ604RXYo ). 

Of course, if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at digifyke@gmail.com 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Top 15 Teaching and Learning Articles of 2015

Happy New Year from KABUO!

As faculty and staff prepare to start the new academic year, it would be helpful to reflect on the top 2015 teaching best practices that were put together by the over 200 Faculty Focus publications in 2015.

From assignment strategies to cell phone policies, take a look at some of the most popular teaching and learning articles of the past year.

1. More Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing 
Study after study have reported findings that favor active learning over lecture. And yet, we all know faculty who lecture almost exclusively.

2. How Concerned Should We Be About Cell Phones in Class? 
If we get too focused on the cell-phone problem, then isn’t that monopolizing time we could be using to shape our content in interesting and engaging ways?

3. Research Highlights How Easily and Readily Students Fabricate Excuses 
An examination of factors and attitudes that influence student excuses. Prepare to be stunned by how easily and readily students reported fraudulent claims.

4. Nine Ways to Improve Class Discussion 
Too many classroom discussions are still dominated by teacher talk. This post offers nine simple suggestions for increasing the impact of class discussions.

5. Three Critical Conversations Started and Sustained by Flipped Learning 
Most student complaints about flipped learning conceal important questions that are brought to the surface because of the flipped environment.

6.  Let Students Summarize the Previous Lesson 
Starting each class with a brief recap of key concepts from the previous class is a good idea, but why not have students prepare and present that review?

7. The Eight-Minute Lecture Keeps Students Engaged 
Mini-lectures, interspersed with activities, discussions, and time for reflection, helped ensure students received the content and remained engaged.

8.  Flipping Assessment: Making Assessment a Learning Experience 
What’s been left out of the conversation about flipped classrooms, however, is why and how we might also need to flip our assessment practices.

9. It’s Not Me, It’s You: Coping with Student Resistance 
I now accept that teaching and learning is a process that takes place between people, and as such, all participants in that process have responsibilities.

10. A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning
A learner-centered syllabus can take many forms, but often includes shared decision-making, a rationale for course objectives and tips for staying on track.

11. Why Students Don’t Attend Office Hours 
Many students don’t take advantage of office hours. Researchers identified the course- and instructor-related factors that influence whether students visit.

12.  More Content Doesn’t Equal More Learning 
When we shift from covering content to using content, curriculum design becomes less about what to teach and more a matter of how to facilitate learning.

13.  Exploring the Advantages of Rubrics 
Rubrics have value when used to help get students past trying to figure out what the teacher wants and toward understanding what quality work looks like.

14. Moving from Multitasking to Mindfulness 
At campuses of all sizes, faculty have begun their own mindfulness practices and incorporate both direct and nuanced teaching methods in their classrooms.

15. Coaching Strategies to Enhance Online Discussions
My strategies to facilitating online discussions: establish a safe space to learn, share responsibility, provide feedback, and empower the learner.

Source: Our Top 15 Teaching and Learning Articles of 2015

 

Someone Said Online Legal Studies At Kabarak Law, Right?

‘That document that you have with you is the Course Outline. In it, are the list of all the books, cases, articles, journals and legal writings (all which summed up to about 200 sources). If you read all the materials in the outline, you will get a B. if you read half or anything above but not the entire composition of the list; you will get a grade C. If you read anything below half the list, you will get a D. Anything below that is unacceptable,’

Prof. P.L.O Lumumba

I later went on to score a B in the class.

To me, and to most legal scholars and students, that is the essence of the study of law. It is this branch or learning in the process of being a learned friend of reading countless books, cramming the constitution cover to cover and knowing all case laws in the Case Laws data base in Kenya and its environs. Back then, I had this ideal idea of who an accomplished lawyer should be. I would picture the lawyer as this guy who walks like the Good Professor. When he gets accustomed by any legal issue, he pauses, looks into the eye and spills all the legal paraphernalia till the earth of a problem shakes. I would look at past papers and see that one is asked to advice a client, and it would beat my mind as to how to advice them. Were these real time cases by the lecturer which they only wanted us to employ our brains to solve? Was this a drill? Or was it real?

Oh well, all these are questioned that I will subsequently answer in the days to come. Suffice to say, any law student would comfortably answer that now.

Fast forward, it’s the September of 2014. Kabarak University is rolling out the e-learning platform for online studies. Shock; it will accommodate law students! Well, to start with, this will be a completely new phase and turn of the legal study in Kenya and probably Sub-Saharan Africa! I mean, go tell a professor that you have just graduated with a degree of law from online learning and see the expression on their face.

You see, many times and for long enough a time as lawyers we have always had the conviction in the books and the weight in them- physically. Always believed that the only and one true definition of reading is through a book and pen- literally. But then, here for once, comes Blackboard… and it comes bearing gifts. For us- Learned Friends- is that we get to DO this first hand. We get to be the ones to say, ‘It actually works!’

To begin with, we may employ this one new word that I have learnt in my interactions with the Team on E-learning- Blended Learning. Here, one employs both the use of online learning as well as actual classroom learning together. It is a good way to begin and test the waters.

In its full success, for us law students, it will mean that we will be able to have lectures with and from lecturers or international renowned repute in and out of Kenya. Think of that day when you will have a real face to face interface and lesson with Prof. Lon Fuller. You would be able to question Malcom Shaw on his theories of International law. Think of the possibility of having Snell mock you for not reading page 1450 of his Tort book. What if you were able to do your assignments online? Sorry, scrap that, what if you were able to do your CAT online while traveling to Mombasa instead of being in a class? Oh no, you won’t be able to copy or Google while at that! How about when you fill that TRUE/FALSE thing by a touch of the button? The days when you don’t have to worry of getting to class late… when it matters not how good your handwriting is! That day, Friends, when you loss of the blue ball pen counts for nothing.

Friends, the possibilities are limitless. The horizons undefined. The sky no longer the aim… but just where the foot prints lie. Why? Because this is blackboard! Because the full package of Blackboard is descending down on our heaven down there on our red-roofed law school.

No, seriously think about it: legal studies in a biblical perspective, in an online platform.

By. Frank Cheluget

Job Openings at KABUO

Kabarak University is looking for suitable qualified candidates to fill the following vacant positions in Kabarak University Online; Content Developer, Technical Support Officer & Administrative Assistant.

The University is a Christian institution committed to Christian principles and values and the successful candidates will be required to uphold this value system.

1.      TECHNICAL SUPPORT OFFICER

 

Responsibilities

 Technical ICT Support

  1. Install new software and hardware
  2. Set up equipment such as laptops, data projectors, interactive whiteboards, sound systems and other specialist ICT equipment, ensuring that systems are ready for use and operating correctly.
  3. Deliver hardware and resources to work areas and training rooms as required.

 Configuration & Installation

  1. Assist in creating a structured approach to rolling out new hardware or software, including procurement, testing and assessing the needs of user training.

Server & Network Support

  1. Perform basic diagnostic routines.
  2. Work on and give guidance to others on the ICT acceptable use policy.
  3. Perform checks to ensure that internet connectivity is maintained.

Blackboard LMS Support

  1. Provide technical administrative support for the Blackboard LMS.
  2. Provide on-the-job training and coaching to improve the company’s overall technical customer service for the Blackboard Learning Management System.
  3. Liaise with the Blackboard support office and other technical vendors.

Maintenance 

  1. Develop a maintenance schedule for all computer hardware, software and networks, and ensure that it is followed.
  2. Manage the structure of the online Centre intranet and internal systems and contribute to their development.
  3. Detect, diagnose and resolve most PC, printer and peripheral device faults.
  4. Maintain electronic mail accounts and implement where appropriate.
  5. Ensure KABU policy on staff and student access to data and files is implemented.
  6. Produce  material  and  equipment  required  for  teaching and learning  as  requested,  including  printing, downloading of support material, work sheets and help sheets.
  7. Ensure the safe disposal of obsolete equipment, used consumables and waste _materials in line with recognized procedures and legal requirements.

 Administration & Supervision 

  1. Maintain an up‐to‐date inventory of ICT software and licenses in KABUO in collaboration with the KABU ICT department.
  2. Responsible for an efficient stock control system and associated records.
  3. Support the full range of financial planning for ICT, including purchase of larger items and help to estimate future budget requirements.
  4. Provide management technical information as required.
  5. Demonstrates leadership in implementation and change management activities.
  6. Assist in creating internal systems administration best practices, standards and documentation.
  7. Assist in developing long range technology plans.

 Standard Duties 

  1. To be familiar with customer care, data protection and health and safety policies, and raise awareness amongst staff and learners.
  2. To improve ones own practice through training observation, discussion with_colleagues and performance management.
  3. To keep abreast of current hardware and software developments and provide_advice on the best product for a given task.
  4. To attend and participate in meetings as required.
  5. To work flexibly and undertake other duties of an equivalent nature

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in ICT and systems administration.
  • Learner Management System (LMS) system administration; Blackboard LMS experience highly preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in IT related field preferred
  • ICT experience in University environment

 

2. CONTENT DEVELOPER

Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for all incoming communication relating to content on Blackboard, keeping records of queries, requests and resolutions to identify potential future requirements.
  2. Design and develop online resources, including interactive learning materials, screen captures, help sheets, video guides and animations for teaching staff, tailored to the needs of the students on their modules.
  3. Assist and train staff with uploading module content such as lecture slides and documentation to their module areas on Blackboard.
  4. Organize and deliver presentations to staff on the use of e-learning tools and technologies and the development of online learning resources.
  5. Provide advice and guidance in the design and production of online learning resources to staff to enable them to develop their own materials for their module areas on Blackboard.
  6. Liaise with the Library and professional services staff to aid the development of departmental areas on Blackboard.
  7. Support the adoption and promote the use of Blackboard, e-learning resources and new technologies to enhance the student learning experience.
  8. Build and maintain a reference bank of freely available educational resources and online tools which may be beneficial for staff and students.
  9. Demonstrate an awareness of user issues regarding accessibility, usability and user learning styles to ensure Blackboard, online learning resources and associated tools and technologies are accessible to all users.
  10. Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of Blackboard and associated technologies, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative data, providing updates as required. Compilation of statistics and other relevant information for reports as requested.
  11. Participate in local and national VLE and e-learning networks to keep up-to-date with developments and trends in e-learning and emerging technologies that could support learning and teaching, and represent the team at internal and external meetings.
  12. Participate in relevant departmental projects that may be required by line manager.
  13. Performs quality assurance checks on training courses that have been developed
  14. Works on multiple projects concurrently, monitors activity, progress, and time related to project development
  15. Manage user accounts, access permissions and learner records; overseeing message boards and forums; updating content and developing new training materials.

Necessary skills, and qualities

To be an eLearning content developer you should have:

  • a good standard of English
  • solid and practical knowledge on Learning Management Systems
  • knowledge of standard office software packages
  • working knowledge of web authoring and web development software
  • confident presentation and communication skills
  • creative flair
  • awareness of web development standards and accessibility issues
  • attention to detail
  • strong organisational skills
  • the ability to multitask and work to deadlines
  • the ability to work in teams, both internal and external
  • Knowledge of privacy and confidentiality legislation, such as the Data Protection Act.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum Diploma in Technology, Instructional Design or equivalent; Preferred qualification: Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 5 years related experience in ICT field
  • Facilitation skills a plus
  • Experience administering, creating and hosting Learning Management Systems.
  • Familiarity with the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and Blackboard Learning Management System is highly desirable.

  1. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

This position provides the administrative and secretarial support for KABUO. In addition to typing, filing and scheduling, performs duties such as financial record keeping, coordination of meetings and conferences, receiving supplies, coordinating direct mailings, and working on special projects. Deals with a diverse group of important external callers and visitors as well as internal contacts at all levels of the organization. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize diversified workload, recommends changes in office practices or procedures.

Performs administrative duties for the senior KABUO management. Responsibilities may include screening calls, making travel and meeting arrangements, preparing reports and financial data, training and supervising other support staff, and customer relations. Requires the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.

Essential Functions

  1. Schedules and organizes complex activities such as meetings, travel, conferences and KABUO activities for all members of KABUO.
  2. Performs desktop publishing. In conjunction with the visual arts team, creates and develops visual presentations for the Director and Program manager.
  3. Establishes, develops, maintains and updates filing system for the Director and Program manager and the KABUO team. Retrieves information from files when needed.
  4. Establishes, develops, maintains and updates library of journals and magazines.
  5. Organizes and prioritizes large volumes of information and incoming calls.
  6. Sorts and distributes mail. Opens mail for the Director and Program manager. Drafts written responses or replies by phone or e-mail when necessary. Responds to regularly occurring requests for information
  7. Answers phones for Director and Program Manager and marketing KABUO. Takes messages or fields/answers all routine and non-routine questions. Works in cooperation with other support staff to cover phones.
  8. Acts as a liaison with outside agencies, including high-level staff such as CEOs, senior Directors and Program managers. Handles confidential and non-routine information and explains policies when necessary.
  9. Works independently and within a team on special nonrecurring and ongoing projects. Acts as project manager for special projects, at the request of the Director and Program manager, which may include: planning and coordinating multiple presentations, disseminating information, and coordinating direct mailings.
  10. Types and designs general correspondences, memos, charts, tables, graphs, business plans, etc. Proofreads copy for spelling, grammar and layout, making appropriate changes. Responsible for accuracy and clarity of final copy.
  11. Supports the accountant in maintenance of the KABUO finances. Activities include: Imprest requests and surrender, requisitions, and appropriate financial reports as needed.
  12. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  13. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Administrative Assistant Skills and Qualifications:

Reporting Skills, Administrative Writing Skills, Microsoft Office Skills, Managing Processes, Organization, Analyzing Information , Professionalism, Problem Solving, Supply Management, Inventory Control, Spoken Communication, Social Media Skills, Internet Research Skills, Budget Experience

Key Competencies

  1. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  2. Secretarial and computer applications skills
  3. Personal Effectiveness/Credibility
  4. Collaboration skills
  5. Communication Proficiency (written and oral)
  6. Flexibility

Job Specifications 

  • Bachelors in Business Administration or any equivalent degree
  • Must have had at least 2 years’ experience in handling administrative duties in a busy and complex organization
  • Highly conversant with Information Communications Technology

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applicants should forward their applications (soft copy to the undersigned email below) and detailed Curriculum Vitae indicating the full personal details. One should also attach supporting certified copies of certificates and testimonials and should indicate their current earning and salary expectations. Applicants should provide daytime telephone number and names and addresses of three referees who are knowledgeable about applicant’s competence, character and faith.

Applications should be addressed and sent (soft copy) to the undersigned to be received not later than 18th February 2015.

The Registrar (Administration & Human Resource)

Kabarak University

Private Bag – 20157, KABARAK

Email: recruitment@kabarak.ac.ke

 

KABUO Mobile App Download

KABUO Mobile App

Kabarak University Online introduces a new, digital way to stay up to date with events around Kabarak University and access your class information. Through the mobile app, you can now access your course content online and participate in course discussions.

This mobile app will enhance the student experience by providing the flexibility to access education from anywhere in the world, at any time, and from any device.

Welcome to globalization! Welcome to KABUO!

Download the app here: http://mobile.kabarak.ac.ke

KABUO is now an approved IMIST Invigilation Centre

KABARAK UNIVERSITY ONLINE (KABUO) PARTNERS WITH ATLAS (LEADING PROVIDER OF ONLINE OIL & GAS COURSES)

KABUO is now officially an ATLAS approved invigilation centre for the internationally acclaimed IMIST (International Minimum Industry Safety Training) course. ATLAS is the leading global provider of innovative training and learning, focused on protecting people, assets and corporate reputation. Kabarak University is now the only University in East Africa to be approved as an IMIST Invigilation Centre.

Through this partnership, KABUO will work with our clients to transform their businesses and provide a competitive advantage through cost effective and innovative learning, compliance and competency solutions, improving business efficiency and employee effectiveness, whilst protecting employees, physical assets and corporate reputation.

Since 1995, ATLAS has been working with oil and gas clients, building up a wealth of knowledge in this industry sector including a full understanding of the pressures on organisations operating in safety-critical environments.

Our mission as KABUO is to become the preferred provider of niche, industry recognised and internationally certified online learning programs and this partnership with ATLAS is yet another milestone in this regard. We are targeting professionals already working in the oil and gas sector in the Eastern Africa region, including job seekers wishing to join the sector.