Commissioner Dr. Speranza Ndege, PhD;MSc Cbis;MA;BEd; Pgdip e-Teaching;Pgdip.PTO;CCNA,Cert.EIA/EA;FHEA
Title: Dr.Speranza Ndege B.Ed., M.A., M.Sc.CBIS; Ph.D., PgDip.e-Learning; CCNA, EIA/EA, FHEA
SUMMARY OF KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
Dr. Speranza Ndege is a Senior Lecturer at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya and a Commissioner, Broadband Commission for Sustainable Digital Development. Before joining the University, she taught in secondary schools for under the Teacher’s Service Commission. Dr. Ndege is not only a Lecturer but a mentor, academic advisor, trainer and researcher. She has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations. She is also an internal and external examiner for postgraduate students at Kenyatta University and University of Nairobi..
Administratively, Dr. Ndege has held the position of Director in the University for 13 years continuously as follows:
- 2014 May- 2016, Director, Kenyatta University Television & Radio Services (KUTV-RS)
- 2009- April 2014 - Director, Institute of Open Distance & e-Learning (ODeL)
- 2007-2008 - Director, e- Learning Coordinating Centre (e-LCC)
- 2003-2006 – Director, the African Virtual University (AVU) Learning Centre
Dr. Ndege has practical experience and expertise in ICT, e-Learning, distance learning, training, and research. She is also a Consultant in Environmental Impact Assessment/Audit, e-Content authoring, Online Tutoring, and Instructional Design. She reviews and evaluates academics programmes for institutions of Higher Learning.
Dr. Ndege is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK) having graduated and gained this high ranking recognition from St. Yorks University (UK). She holds a PhD from Ghent University, Belgium; an MSC in Computer Based Information Systems from University of Sunderland, UK; a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Education (Hons) from University of Nairobi, Kenya. She has a Professional Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Auditing (EA) (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Kenya). She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in e-Teaching (Agder University, Norway & Global Virtual University) and a diploma in Professional Tour Operation [e-Tourism] (ICM, UK). Dr. Ndege has received much training in Information Communication Technology and e-Learning (including Electronic Document Management and Website Design) and Instructional Design. She is a CISCO Academy Instructor and an Online Tutor at Kenyatta University.
In August 2013, the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education appointed Dr. Ndege into the Technical and Planning Committee for establishment of the National Open University of Kenya (NOUK). Once established, the new University will enroll local and international students from all over the world to study from the comfort of their homes and work places. The students will utilize modern technology (ICT/e-Learning) to access education.
In 2010, Dr. Ndege was appointed a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development a position she held for five years (2015). In 2015, Dr. Ndege was re-appointed in the Commission for Sustainable Digital Development as commissioner for a further two years. The establishment of the Commission was a joint initiative by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Commission has high level representation from industry leaders, senior policy-makers and governments and international agencies, academia and organizations concerned with development.
Dr. Ndege is nicknamed 'e-Learning Champion in Central and Eastern Africa’. In 2003, she boldly championed the first online programmes in an institution of higher learning in Kenya, by piloting the joint phase 2 AVU-KU diploma and degree programmes with two external universities, the Royal Melbourne University of Technology (RMIT), Australia for Applied Computer Science and Curtain University, Australia for Business Administration. The success of these external online programmes led to the launch of the first e-Learning programmes in Kenya on 14th June 2005. In November 2005, while attending the ICWE e-Learning Conference in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Ndege met the ICWE Conference Organizers and lobbied for the 2nd e-Learning Conference to be held in Kenya after the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Conference of 2006. In the same year 2006, ICWE appointed Dr. Ndege a member of the Advisory Board for e-Learning Africa & ICT Conferences. In 2007, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Kenya appointed Dr. Ndege into the Planning Committee that organized the 2nd e-Learning Africa Conference, held in Nairobi the same year. This Conference was a turning point for e-Learning development in Kenya and East Africa. Tertiary institutions in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, and some secondary schools started e-Learning programmes. In addition, Dr. Ndege initiated the use of Moodle Open Source e-Learning Management Software in Kenya in 2007 when she implemented it at Kenyatta University. Today, most institutions in Eastern Africa are using the Moodle Software for online learning. During her tenure as Director of the Institute of Open, Distance & e-Learning (ODeL) at Kenyatta University, Dr. Ndege trained more than 60,000 university students in online learning, trained 695 university lecturers in online facilitation and digitized 801 online courses (units). It is now compulsory that all newly admitted students into the Distance learning programme at Kenyatta University must be issued with free mobile gadgets (Tablets) at the beginning of the semester to support their online learning. Other institutions in Kenya have applauded the use of mobile gadgets in enhancement of e-Learning.
Dr Ndege is well versed with the management of institutions of higher learning having served in the high level University Management Board for a period of 5 years (2009-2013). Dr Ndege is also involved in several Community Outreach programmes and has initiated financial and material support to some disadvantaged persons/groups. She works hard to achieve results and has integrity and respect. Dr Ndege’s hard work in Management of University Units has earned Dr Ndege Extra Mile Awards such as: the University Extra Mile Awards for her
'Exemplary role in Computerization of the University' in 2007 and a second University Extra Mile Award in her ‘Exemplary Management of the University’s Open, Distance & e-Learning (ODeL) Programmes August 2009 - May 2014.
Dr. Ndege has travelled widely to participate in meetings, facilitate workshops and present papers in conferences both locally and internationally. Some of the countries visited include: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany (East & West), France, Denmark, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, India, Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Turkey, Egypt, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Qatar, Dubai and Zanzibar.