An increasing number of African universities are experiencing growing teaching burdens due to rapidly rising student populations and academic staff shortages, resulting in adverse impacts on teaching quality and the student experience.
Blended learning – a combination of face-to-face and online learning – offers a promising approach to address this challenge. However, blended learning uptake is a complex process that presents many challenges, particularly for institutions already facing staff shortages.
The Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) was originally established in East Africa. Bringing together 23 East African universities and technical partners based in the UK and Canada, and supported by UK FCDO's SPHEIR programme, it was a unique partnership designed to rapidly, and sustainably, scale up capacity for blended learning design and delivery. The project supported participating universities to develop, deliver, and share blended content - and enhanced the expertise of academic staff to successfully implement the blended learning models.