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African Drylands Institute for Sustainability
College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science
University of Nairobi
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Tel: 254-020-2133086
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Date and time: 
Sat, 2012-04-14 13:48

The Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystem and Societies (CSDES) has moved to cement its partnership with Colorado State University (CSU). This follows a series of teleconference calls on e-learning and USAID management and resource development portal. The conference call held on 11th September 2012 was aimed at discussing RM Portal system online, demonstrating the full capabilities of the system, and pointing out shortcomings and the creation of a new course on RM Portal. CSDES is hosted at the University of Nairobi (UoN) in the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT).

During the teleconference call the two institutions sought to review the current CSDES clientele, potential CSDES clientele and potential ways of facilitating dryland community and practitioner access to tertiary education. The two teams from Colorado and Nairobi also engaged on the prospects of developing curricula related to drylands, sustainability for diverse audiences and creating the next generation of leaders in sustainable drylands.

The teleconference participants incorporated Isaac Thendiu, USAID Kenya director, Dr. Joyce Turk USAID Washington, Ferguson Lynch, Dr. Rose Hessmiller, a team of five CSU faculty members who consisted of Dr. Robin Reid, Dr. Stacy Lynn, Dr. Bob Woodmisser, Dr. Michael Coughenour and Dr. Dave Swif. The UON team comprised of Prof. Jesse Njoka,CSDES coordinator, Prof. Genevieve Wanjala,Prof. Wambui Kogi-Makau, Prof. Robinson Kinuthia, Dr. Charles Wafula among others attended the conference call.

During the meeting Dr. Wafula presented to members the current e-learning and distance education system status highlighting the capability and strengths of university e-learning platform. He said the university is already offering courses on its Open and Distance Learning platform.

He informed the meeting that University of Nairobi was at the verge of adopting e-learning for all courses. Prof. Njoka noted that with the e-learning and ODL platforms the Center can take dryland courses to dryland areas with a sole purpose to developing a drylands learning platform for knowledge exchange resulting in effective coordination and impacts of education, research and outreach for Kenyan drylands a strategy in line with one of CSDES objectives.

“As a university we have ODL centers and sub centers in all parts of the country including the dryland areas,” he said. The Center coordinator added: “The drylands programs will definitely go beyond the known transformative ways of education. He added the Center is looking at ways of reaching the people of the drylands.

Dr. Reid reiterated that the gist of the UoN-CSU partnership is the need to transform research to make it demand-driven. She said that CSU is looking forward to having a strong partnership with UoN.



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