The Department of Educational and Distance Studies,Faculty of Education, University of Nairobi, Kenya,is a leader in online, digital and distance education. The Department has been using distance and blended learning modes for the last over 40 years to offer courses at different levels to various clients in Kenya and beyond. To share expertise and allow for knowledge exchange, the department will hold a Two-day online conference on Online, Digital and Distance Education during the University of Nairobi Research week in October, 2022.

In this complex and challenging time of trying to prepare for online, digital distance, blended, or socially-distanced classrooms, the education sector has faced challenges. This challenges needed various approaches and methodologies to ensure quality, access and continuity of Education.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to education. The type of education offered should ensure the development of the learner’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential. It is a cornerstone of our society, enshrined in the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child.Online, Digital and Distance Education ensures that learners get the necessary opportunity to learn wherever and whenever they are.

This Conference focus is on the Theme ‘Optimizing Online and Blended Learning for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century’

  1. To provide a forum for Educators to meet and deliberate on aspects of Online, Blended and distance Learning approaches for changing times.
  2. To bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Online, Digital, Blended and Distance learning.
  3. To share ideas and experiences on Learning Strategies and Online Learning.
  4. To provide a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns on Online, Digital, Blended and Distance learning.
  5. To share mitigation strategies on practical challenges encountered in adaption and adoption of Online, Digital, Blended and Distance learning.
  6. To create a network of scholars from various universities, institutions and other related organizations that will spearhead the process and utilization of Online, Digital, Blended and Distance learning.

Conference Objectives

Conference Sub-Themes

  • Transformative Online Pedagogies
  • Education and automation
  •  Online Education for Better Futures
  • E-learning platforms, portals ,learner support
  • Expanding Access, Equity, Openness, Flexibility, Diversity and inclusion
  • Online learning and content development
  • Innovative Learning Designs for Student Success
  • Open Pathways , new Credentials and micro credentials for Lifelong Learning
  • Blended learning for Healthy Lives and Communities of Practice
  • Global Challenges and Local Solutions to Education
  • Role on partners in Online, Digital and Distance education
  • Technology, Digital wellness, mental and Psychological wellbeing
  • Synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Online Assessment and new test theories, Quality Assurance, Policy and Governance 
  • Virtual labs, virtual classrooms and virtual spaces for future learning
  • Social media and online learning
  • Digital libraries for e-learning, OERS,MOOCs
  • Emerging issues in Online, Digital and Distance education

Call for Papers

The conference welcomes original researches, case studies, poster presentations, workshops and dialoguespapers in the field of Online, Digital, and Distance Learning and other related fields.

We will accept abstracts between 250-400 words.

Full original paper submissions under 12,000 words, will be submitted as per the guidelines which will be provided after acceptance of abstract.

Important Dates:

Call for papers to be out June 14, 2022

Abstract submission Open up to 22/08/2020

Review of abstracts and acceptance Continuous

Full paper submission August 23 – September 30, 2022

Registration for Presenters July 1 – September 30, 2022

Registration for Participants July 1 – October 14, 2022

Conference Dates October 24-25, 2022

Abstract Submission Guidelines

We welcome papers applying any recognized or new methodology.

Collaboration among multiple authors, colleagues and other scholars is highly encouraged.

Co-authored papers will be accepted with consent from both authors. It is the responsibility of the Lead Presenter to obtain the consent of fellow authors.

All presentations must adhere to intellectual property rights legislation. University of Nairobi will not be responsible for infringements of intellectual property or plagiarism in any of the conference presentations.

Abstracts for paper presentations must include a description of each of the following:

  • The research focus or problem
  • The conceptual framework informing the research
  • Research methods, including ethics
  • Key insights or findings, and implications.

Conference papers submission email:3rdannual@uonbi.ac.ke

Conference papers will be presented on power-point

Conference Type: Virtual

Host : Hosting Unit– Department of Educational and Distance Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Nairobi, Kenya

You are welcome to disseminate this call for papers through your professional networks.
We look forward to engaging with you at the conference and workshop.

Presentation Formats

1. Paper presentations: 2 days (20 minutes per paper)

Conference Fees

  • Students – Kshs 500 or USD 5
  • UON Teaching and Non-Teaching staff Ksh 2000 or USD 20
  • UON Research week Institutional/Organizational Partners- Ksh 2000 or USD 20
  • Others: Ksh 3000 or USD 30

For Conference Programme Click here

For any further information about the conference, contact:

Anne Aseey PhD, Email: aaseey@uonbi.ac.ke    Tel.+254 721202685

Joyce A. Otieno Email:jotieno@uonbi.ac.ke  Tel. +254 724 204999

Dr. Joash Migosi-jmigosi@uonbi.ac.ke

Department of Educational and Distance Studies

Email:dept-edustudies@uonbi.ac.ke  Tel.+254 722 661299


Prof. (Dr). Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas
Prof. Mohammed Ibrahim Sule, Director,Distance Learning Centre,Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Professor Helen OchukoKwanashie, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, .ational Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Abuja, Nigeria
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