KNUST Advances E-Learning; Vice-Chancellor Highlights Progress

The Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Rita Akosua Dickson, has announced significant advancements in e-learning technology and pedagogical strategies at the university. Speaking at the third edition of KNUST E-Learning Awareness Week and the second E-Learning International Conference in Kumasi, Prof. Dickson highlighted the inauguration of the university’s first-ever virtual reality studios as a key milestone.

“These studios enable us to explore immersive learning possibilities and enhance the educational experience of our students,” said Prof. Dickson. She emphasized that technology has redefined education by breaking down geographical barriers, making learning more accessible and inclusive.

The event saw the presence of notable figures including the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo; Director of KNUST E-Learning Centre, Eric Apau Asante; heads of colleges, and students. International attendees included the Ambassador of Israel to Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Shlomit Sufa; the former French Ambassador to Ghana, Anne-Sophie Ave; and the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Shri Manish Gupta, who joined virtually. They all assured their countries’ commitment to supporting e-learning in Ghana.

Prof. Dickson noted that with the integration of Artificial Intelligence, KNUST is personalizing learning experiences to meet the unique needs of each student, aiming for a 70:30 in-person to online learning pedagogy ratio. She acknowledged ongoing challenges in ensuring inclusivity and accessibility, highlighting the KNUST SONSOL project, which has provided laptops to over 793 needy students, and called for further support from industry players and philanthropists.

Prof. Apau reflected on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which necessitated the establishment of the e-learning center. Throughout the celebration week, the center will engage in activities including keynote addresses, webinars, interactive workshops, and exhibitions to explore emerging trends and share best practices in e-learning.