Director's Message

Prof. Linda Ethangatta

The National Council for Science, Technology and Innovations (NACOSTI) in Kenya defines research as “ any creative systematic activity undertaken to increase the stock of scientific and technical knowledge and to devise new applications and includes fundamental research, applied research in all fields such as agriculture, medicine, natural and physical sciences etc… leading to devices, products or processes”. Educational research has on other hand been defined as a continuous application of coherent, systematic and reflective way of questioning the mode of interrogation……..”. Gordon Johnson, President of Woodson College, Cambridge described educational research as “Not the real quest of knowledge, but the understanding of the phenomenon under investigation…”

Research is essential for growth, advancement as well as resource mobilization. The goal of research is not only to generate knowledge but to also guide policy development framework. Therefore, best practices produced from research should be the ones that anchor evidence based strategies.

In Kenya, institutions of higher learning work closely with the National Council for Science, Technology and Innovations (NACOSTI) which was established by Act Cap 250 of the Laws of Kenya. NACOSTI administers the Government Science, Technology and Innovation grant which was designed to promote research and innovations to priority areas of Vision 2030.

Africa Nazarene University (ANU) a chartered University, and an institution of higher learning in Kenya emphasizes the importance of providing a holistic education that develops individuals academically, spiritually, cultural and physically. One of several objectives of ANU is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills required in addressing the contemporary issues of both the Christian faith and sound government. Research is a way of linking these values.

Universities as expected, should recruit professionals who provide good grounding in teaching and research principles to their learners. Therefore research that is designed, conducted, disseminated and published should have all characteristics of authenticity, standards for judging its quality and integrity.   Findings from research that can be used as evidence should provide data that must be trustworthy, credible, consisting of critical interrogation and reviewed using well acknowledged scientific tools.

University – based researchers should also adhere to the use of internationally acclaimed guidelines. This gives the opportunity to publish research in peer reviewed publications especially journals. The importance of research and teaching is a principle that cannot be overemphasized. Evidence based research influences teaching. This is because research is supposed to be translated into action. Without applying research findings to real life situations then research does not have an influence on important issues on policy matters.

Despite the demand for evidence to guide our day to day teaching , administration and supervision, we in academia do not generate enough data to help in making informed decisions on a systematic basis. Often, teaching staff leave the research domain and activities to be undertaken by “independent researchers”. Professional researchers on other hand may not investigate the real challenges that lecturers and teachers for instance encounter routinely in classroom situations. To influence curriculum review, and its update, it is essential that professionals involved in instructions, its administration and supervision should conduct research regularly. This kind of research is important because it can educate administrators, legislators and the public on national issues. In other areas of development and innovation, universities are also expected to lead the way and contribute to national and global agendas by generating clear evidence of what needs to be operationalized at institutional or community levels

 

IRDP Objectives

The Institute will serve as a “Think Tank” for creative, innovative, intellectual, timely and appropriate solutions to social, economic and development problems and challenges. ANU IRDP supports and facilitates:

  • The development of appropriate research infrastructure , including policies and manuals, needed to support research including the capacity of the human capital within the ANU student body, staff, and collaborative partners; technology and data analysis software; and funding and fiscal or in-kind project support.
  • The recruitment and retention of staff and faculty who will support and advance ANU’s research objectives.
  • The administration and coordination of collaborative partnerships both the Boards, Board of Undergraduate Studies and Board of Post graduate Studies, in relation to any research focused activities.
  • University research and publications by assisting staff to submit their research results to refereed journals and professional publications including an ANU IRDP publication and the establishment of an ANU IRDP publication.
  • Participation in symposia, poster presentations, and conferences
    synergetic collaborations with industry, other academic and research institutions and host flagship research project

Functions of the Institute

The Institute for Research, Development, and Policy (IRDP) supports functions of academic committees such as:

  • Board of Post graduate Studies – where it can support function and contribute to the “research committee… as it makes recommendations to Senate on allocation of available funds for research, publications and conferences attendance;
  • To receive and to evaluate reports from grant recipients and to make appropriate report to Senate from time to time;
  • To coordinate all research activities related to transferable technology, employment opportunities and public-private partnerships”. (ANU Statues October 2002, p.33)
  • Deans of Faculties and chairs of departments by “monitoring and safeguarding the academic standards of the [all departments engaged in collaborative research, knowledge transfer, public-private partnerships, and employment generating activities that emerge from the research of the particular department]. (ANU Statues October 2002, p. 15)

In addition to supporting articulated functions of organs of the university, the IRDP shall:

Conduct and Facilitate Research – by conducting and coordinating research and facilitating knowledge transfer, policy analysis and advocacy, and prompt development initiatives based on the three pillars of the national strategic plan – Kenya Vision 2030. Such initiatives as the KYEEI hosted and administrated at ANU, will be coordinated by the IRDP and will be supported by the university in as far as it fits into the CORE business of the university; to accomplish the mission and vision of ANU.


Mission and Vision

ANU aims to be the premier research institute in the region by developing the capacity of its students and staff to do meaningful research, and by collaborating with internationally recognized partners to generate, preserve, and transfer knowledge that will transform the lives of our students, staff, and of communities within our sphere of influence.

Vision
To provide a framework and support that facilitates the generation (research), transfer (learning and training), storage (data base/ collection), and dissemination (publication, outreach, and consultancy) of knowledge focused at transforming the society in a manner that is characterized by Christian values.

Mission
Institute of Research, Development and Policy (IRDP) seeks to provide direction and a framework that facilitates effective fulfillment of the University research functions. The IRDP will:

 

  • Facilitate and establish quality research projects that meet the highest ethical, academic and professional research standards
  • Facilitate and coordinate collaborations between departments, ANU and other research outfits, academic institutions, public agencies, and private entities in industry
  • Host innovative initiatives focused on sustainable economic and social development, which combine research, knowledge transfer, dissemination, community based problem solving, capacity development, and wealth and employment generation that address daunting national, regional, and global challenges of the 21st Century
  • Provide a database of funding options – related grants, fellowships, and other funding opportunities
  • Build capacity of students and staff in research and consultancy; proposal, grant, and research report writing; project planning and management; and evaluation and monitoring of initiatives, projects and programs
  • Provide technical support in data analysis both qualitative and quantitative research projects
  • Facilitate project knowledge transfer and dissemination to public domain


Name
Qualifications
Areas of Specializations
Publications
Visiting Lecturer Status
Contact

Research Publications

Title of Research Author Conference/ Workshop/ Publications

Dialogic Learning, its nature and Impact in University Mathematics Classes: An Action Research

Paul Kahenya Njoroge

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
Conference Proceedings (June 2012) and Kenyatta University June 2011

Mathematical Modeling

Paul Kahenya Njoroge

Kenyatta University Workshop on Mathematical Modeling, June 2013

A study of implementation of Social Media amongst Distance learners at ANU

Mary Ooko

E-learning Innovation Conference at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya on 29/7/2013

Use of Geogebra in Teaching and Learning Geometric Concepts in Secondary Schools in Kenya (Phd Thesis).

Irene Mukiri

First International Education Conference at Riara University, Nairobi Kenya. 18-20 July 2013

Theme: Developing Human Capital Through eLearning and Mobile Technologies.

Bonface Ngari and Edward Ombui

2013 International eLearning Innovations Conference and Expo at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Students Attitude towards the study of History and Government in Selected Secondary Schools in Kenya

Eric Osoro

Journal of Education and Practice, Vol 4 No 11 2013

Essays on Global Coffee Supply Chains: Improving Small Scale Producers Incomes

Rose Karimi (PhD)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

An Investigation into The Challenges of Internet Banking Adoption in Kenya.

Collins Oduor, Lelei Joel, Amos Gichamba

The 4th African International Business and Management (AIBUMA 2013) Conference , The University of Nairobi, Kenya: Published in African Journal of Business and Management Vol III, ISBN 978-9966-1570-3-4

In-service trainee teachers’ Reflective Perspectives of Teaching Practicum Issues, challenges and new frontiers

Daniel Otieno
Department of Education

Published in elixir international journal. Available online at: www.elixirpublishers.com

Mobile Agriculture in Kenya: Status and Opportunities

Amos Gichamba

1st international disciplinary conference on knowledge and technological innovation for global competitiveness, University of Eldoret

Use of radio as a medium of family life education: A study of ’’Hutia Mundu’’ programme of Inooro FM

Martha Mbugguss

Kabarak University 3rd Annual International Conference, Kabarak University.

Use of radio as a medium of family life education: A study of ’’Hutia Mundu’’ programme of Inooro FM

Martha Mbugguss

IST Africa 2013 Conference, Safari Park Hotel Nairobi, 30th May 2013

The New Constitutional Law of Kenya: Principles, Government and Human Rights

Morris Mbondenyi (co-authored with Osogo Ambani)

Book

Constitutionalism and Democratic Governance in Africa: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa

Morris Mbondenyi (co-edited with Tom Ojienda)

Book

Africa Nazarene University Law Journal

ANU Law School Faculty

Book

Director and Shareholding Interlocks in Kenya’s Plcs: How to Address the Nominee Question? – A Cultural Perspective .

Lois M. Musikali

Journal Publication

The 2010 Constitution and the Application of International Law in Kenya: A Case of Migration to Monism or Regression to Dualism?

Tom Kabau (co-authored with Osogo Ambani)

Africa Nazarene University Law Journal Volume 1 No 1 (2013)

Knowledge Management practices & innovation performance: literature review

Stephen Kagwathi Githii

ISO Journal of Business & Mgt. (ISOR-JBM) e. ISSN: 2278-487X, P-ISSN: 7668. Vol 16. 1 (Feb. 2014), pp 89 -94 www.iosrjournals.org

Reduction of Over Speeding Accidents: A GPS Model For School Transport In Kenya

James Obuhuma, Collins Oduor,

The Esri Eastern Education User Conference, 17-18 September 2013, Kenyatta University.

Monitoring Driving Time Violation: A GPS Model For School Transport In Kenya,

James Obuhuma, Collins Oduor

The 9th ORSEA International Conference, 17-18 October, 2013, Entebbe, Uganda.

Computerized Solution to Speed Limit Violation by Public Service Vehicle in Kenya

James Obuhuma

1st Annual Africa Nazarene University Conference on ICT for Sustainable Development, 2013.

Cloud Computing Penetration in Kenyan Market: a case study of top cloud providers in Kenya

Collins /Oduor, James Obuhuma, Boniface Ngari

Contributed a chapter for a book titled “Trends in distributed Computing Applications: Real Life on-going Research Work” published by the School of Computing & Informatics, University of Nairobi, ISBN: 978-9966-074-13-3, April 2014.

Better Education: Parents must lend a hand to improve quality of learning in Schools,

Orpha Ongit K.

Daily Nation 24th Feb 2014.

Gender Stereotypes: Squeezing Girls out of the Mathematics Pipeline.

Ongiti Orpha K.

International Journal of Science Commerce and Humanities Volume No. 2 No. 1; pages 143-149

Towards an East African Common Higher Education Area

Ongiti Orpha K

The Inter-University Council for East Africa Annual Meeting, March 2014

Do Women Entrepreneurs play a role in Reducing Poverty? A case in Kenya

Ongiti Oprha K.

International Review of Management and Business Research Vol. 2. Issued 1 pp 87 – 103

Will Kenya achieve Vision 2030 without Gender Parity in Technical and Vocational Educational Training? A case of Kisii County

Ongiti Orpha K.

A paper presented at the Educational Conference: Kisii County (August 2014)

Marketing Skills as a Factor influencing Adoption of Innovations Along the Mango Supply Chain in Meru County, Kenya

Isaiah Imaita

International Journal of Current Business and Social Sciences

Consulting Editor: Africa Journal of Applied Human Sciences Volume 1 Number 2. 2013 Issue ISSN: 2070-917X

Linda Ethangatta

A Publication of the School of Human Sciences, Kenyatta University.

The Church and Money-Using God’s Money in His Service”

Daryll Stanton

A paper presented at the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology

“The Use of OERs in Teaching and Learning Resources Production” – 2014

Daryll Stanton

An ANU IODL Workshop Presentation

“The Role of the Church in the Rehabilitation of the Lev” – Presenter/panelist

Daryll Stanton

A paper presented at the Church of the Nazarene Global Theology Conference, South Africa, published in Didache: Faithful Teaching 13:2 (Winter 2013)ISSN 15360156 (wev verson)-

“Equipping Church Leaders in Africa” panelist

Daryll Stanton

Workshop presentation at the Association of Nazarene Educational Systems of Africa, South Africa

“Ethical Challenges Implementation ICT in Schools in Kenya”- presenter

Daryll Stanton

ANU Conference on ICT for Sustainable Development, 2014

A Content Analysis of University Websites and their efficacy as Communication Tools.

Daniel Otieno

Paper presented at 1st Annual Africa Nazarene University Conference on ICT for Sustainable Development, 2013.

Role of Christian Universities in a Knowledge-based Economy”

Daniel Otieno

Annual Writers Conference. Catholic University of Eastern Africa, GABA, Eldoret, 2014

 

 

Awaiting publication under peer review awaiting publication.

Blended Learning in Higher Education

Daniel Otieno

Annual International Conference. Kabarak University, October 2013

The Role of Kenyan Universities in Achieving Vision 2030”.

Daniel Otieno

First Interdisciplinary International Conference, University of Eldoret, September 2013

Blended Learning in Higher Education: Learners’ Preferences and Insights.

Daniel Otieno, & Osoro, Eric

Full Research Paper published in Elixir International Journal in 2013.

In-service teachers’ reflective Perspectives of Teaching Practicum Issues, Challenges and new Frontiers.

Daniel Otieno

Presented at Faculty Workshop at Africa Nazarene University 2013.

 

Full Research Paper published in Elixir International Journal in 2013.

God in his Place: Paul’s Teaching of active Non Violent Resistance to Evil in Romans 12:17-21

Gift Mtukwa

Submitted to Nazarene Theological College for a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies form University of Manchester

“THE 304 Christian Ethics”

Rodney Reed & Gift Mtukwa

Self-Study Manual written with help of Tony Mays of the South African Institute of Distance Learning.

The People of God and Kingdom Political Ethics in Romans 13:17.

Gift Mtukwa

Didache Online Journal-Didache: Faithful Teaching 14:1 (Summer 2014)ISSN 15360156 (wev verson)-

Ancestral Cult and the Church in Africa

Gift Mtukwa

Published in The Africa Journal of Wesleyan Theology Vol. 1(March, 2014)

A Reconsideration of Self Support in Light of Paul’s Collections

Gift Mtukwa

Paper Presented at the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology in Nairobi March 1st 2014, due to be published by Africa Journal of Evangelical Technology.

Video Inquiry Project: STEM Learning and Teaching with Mobile Video Inquiries and Communities.

Irene Mukiri, Joseph Ogwel, Prof. Jari Multisilta, Prof. Hannele Niemi, Prof. Heli Ruokamo, Prof. Roy Pea, Prof. Eric Hamilton

Collaboration Institutions USA: Stanford University & Pepperdine University, Finland: Helsinki University, University of Lapland, Finland: University of Tampere, Aalt University and University of Jyvaskla; Kenya: Africa Nazarene University, CEMESTEA, USA: Northern Illinois University, EGBH; Techinical Education Research Centre (TERC)

Effects of Introducing beekeeping and sunflower on the improvement of family incomes in Makandune (Central Imenti, Meru) Communities

Isaac Kigatiira, Mbae R,

Confronting the Challenges of food security in Kenya through research; Commission for Higher Education – Research and Dissemination Workshop Report. Financial support from Commission for Higher Education (Kenya).

The Biology, Behaviour and Management of Tropical African Honeybee

Isaac Kigatira

Biology, Behaviour and Management. Ncooro Academy Publishers

Migratory Patterns of honeybee colonies in Kenya (in press)

Isaac Kigatira & Naserian, J

A paper intended for publication (In press)

Interlingual Plus Machine Translation Approach for Local Languages: Ekeguusii & Swahili.

Edward Ombui, Peter Wagacha, Wanjiku Ng’ang’a

Presented at the 52nd Annual meeting of the association for computational linguistics ACL 2014 June 22-27 Baltimore, USA. ComputEl: The use of computational methods in the study of endangered languages.

Thesis “Inter-shift Mobile Application: Case of Kenyatta National Hospital.

Milka B. Gesicho

Pending Publication by AJIS (Africa Journal of Information Systems)

Impact of use of e-resources in quality of teaching, learning and research in institutions

Kivuva S. & Otando R.

A paper presented the 28th UN/WB/UL workshop, 2013, Daystar University.

Constraints to utilization of E-books in Private Universities in Kenya.

Kivuva Salome

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3659445835

Use of mobile technologies as a maternal mortality reduction tool in Kenya

Mukami V, Njue M, Prof. Millham R, Prof. Puckree

Presented at Africa Nazarene University CIT Conference

Use of Free Open Source Software and Open Education Resources in Primary Schools.

Gichamba A, Mukami V.

Presented at Africa Nazarene University CIT Conference

The Relationship between IT Policy formulation AND SUCCESS OF Server Virtualization Implementation

Mukami V, Njue M

Presented at Africa Nazarene University, CIT Conference.

Why Kenyan Universities are shy of investing in collaboration

Mercy K. Njue

Published on Academia. Edu.

Monitoring and Evaluation white paper on the Kenyan laptop project

Mercy K. Njue

Presented at the iLabAfrica Hosts Stakeholders Forum to Discuss the Laptop for Schools Project.

Smart Police System and its eco-system

Mercy K. Njue

CIO Africa, August 2014

Giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s: The Ethics of paying taxes from a Christian Perspective

Reed Rodney L.

A paper presented at the annual conference of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology, February

E- Mentoring Evaluation Prototype: case of Africa Nazarene University

Nteere Jane Gatwiri

Thesis presented at Strathmore University for Masters in Information Technology – May 2014

“The Church and Its Theological Reflection in Light of Reform Agenda in Africa

Fredrick O. Amolo

Didache: Faithful Teaching, available @http://didache.nazarene.org

Significance of Quality Assurance Mechanisms in University Strategic Management; An Advisory Model for University Managers in Kenya.

Dr. V. Kaluyu

European Journal of Business and Management

Effects of Shoppers’ Individual Characteristics, Price and Product Knowledge on Shoppers Purchase Behavior

Dr. V. Kaluyu & Dr. Hannah Wambungu

European Journal of Business and Management

Impact of Proficiency in ICT Skills for Quality Management on Job Performance: A case of University Quality Assurance Officers in Kenya.

Dr. V. Kaluyu & Mr. Collins Oduor

ANU ICT Conference

The Moderating Effect of Organizational Culture on the Relationship between Strategic Factors and Sustainable Competitive Advantage: A Case of Universities in Kenya

Veronicah Kaindi Kaluyu PhD, Mugambi G.K. M,chebere PhD and Evergeline Gichunge PhD

International Journal for professional practice (IJPP).

Training as a Factor influence Adoption of innovations along Mango Value Chains in Meru County

Dr. Isaiah Imaita

International journal of Marketing Studies (Canadian Center of Science & Education) Share knowledge published

Academic Research Writing: The Logical Sequence

Simon Obwatho

Printed in Kenya ISBN 978-9966-065-62-9


Working Papers

Institute of Research, Development and Policy (IRDP) continues its focus in sharpening research skills, nurturing partnerships and engaging faculty and postgraduate scholars to catalyze the transformative learning and knowledge creation and to prioritize results that have impact in all aspects of life. A one day grant writing workshop trained ANU faculty members in diverse technical issues of the grant making process. This capacity building activity was organized by Private Universities Consortium of Kenya (PURCK) of which ANU is a member of the Executive team and the Leader of the Communication and Publicity Committee. The training is important because it re-oriented learners perspectives so as to conceptualize, develop narratives and prepare budgets for grant winning proposals, key issues in institutional fundraising techniques and development.
Continuing on partnerships, ANU forged a new partnership in 2015 with 21st Century Academic Forum to plan and execute a joint international conference in 2016. The 21st Century Academic Forum at ANU in April 2016 is a three-day conference dedicated to bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss solutions to those issues most pressing to 21st century citizens. Unlike typical discipline-specific conferences, 21st Century Academic Forum Conferences are trans-disciplinary conferences aimed at approaching important issues from a variety of perspectives. Five thematic areas will be given emphasis during the conference. These include 21st Century Education, Economic Development, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Energy & Environment, Global Security and Public Health.

Another developmental achievement at ANU is the CIT led vCalc, the First ever Social Platform for the world of Math. Spearheaded by Mr Ombui, a Lecturer in the CIT department, vCalc has come to ANU through a partnership and potential transfer of technology from USA to Kenya and the rest of the world. It is a social media productivity tool that is building the world’s premier calculator for the web and mobile devices. Through the power of crowd-sourcing, vCalc.com contains the world’s fastest growing library of equations and data.

Here are excerps from Mr Ombui regarding vCalc: “How does vCalc engage with Universities and colleges? These are the target early adopters of the power behind vCalc as used today to educate the world. Universities and colleges generally identify specific classes at their campuses that heavily use mathematics. VCalc then works with the professors of the selected classes to identify the data, equations and other mathematical capabilities to completely meet the math/analysis/instructional needs of the class. Thereafter, vCalc works either independently or collaboratively with the professors and/or select students, to ensure that vCalc has all of the necessary content (equations, documentation, etc.) by the next academic term. The selected professors inform their classes that vCalc contains all of the functionality required for the class when it is taught, and also use any vCalc social networking capabilities which also facilitate the learning experience.

As the first academic partner in Africa, Africa Nazarene University (ANU) has collaborated with vCalc in offering an excellent apprenticeship platform that will adequately prepare CIT students and alumni to the world of software programming and other related opportunities in larger ICT industry. The groovy programming used in vCalc can be quickly learnt by students and be used in creating the equations and embedding them to the calculator buttons.
Moreover, vCalc’s rich equations database has been used to demonstrate the application of mathematics in all fields and industries including beverage mixing, construction industry, piano tuning, personality test, and other areas, which most students not inclined to mathematics will find insightful and fascinating.

What Wikipedia did for dictionaries, is what vCalc is doing for math equations. The crowd-sourcing approach adopted by vCalc enables users to generate content which can be used by anyone across the globe, therefore demonstrating the system’s exponential growth. VCalc can be adopted across several University courses as it offers users the capability to add content that can only be accessible by an individual, or shared in a group, or make it public by sharing the content with the rest of the world, – an emerging trend of publishing credible content and getting attribution, all these for free!

With the increasing demand for online learning resources, students can now find free collaborative tools like vCalc to help them create, collaborate and share rich content with like-minded peers across the globe”
Useful vCalc links
https://www.vcalc.com/wiki/
https://www.vcalc.com/app/
The vCalc narrative is written by Edwad Ombui, VTS Manager, VCalc LLC.

Growth and continued growth in postgraduate studies at ANU was marked by the research projects undertaken by Doctoral Students in the ANU’s department of Religion. Under the stewardship of Dr Stanton and with strong support from senior faculty members in Religion and other departments, dissertation projects have progressed very well with some expected to be finished and published in 2016.

During this academic period faculty members have successfully published their research, book chapters, attended scientific conferences and trainings, reviewed scholarly materials as peer reviewers as show in the table shown here.

Working Papers

Institute of Research, Development and Policy (IRDP) continues its focus in sharpening research skills, nurturing partnerships and engaging faculty and postgraduate scholars to catalyze the transformative learning and knowledge creation and to prioritize results that have impact in all aspects of life. A one day grant writing workshop trained ANU faculty members in diverse technical issues of the grant making process. This capacity building activity was organized by Private Universities Consortium of Kenya (PURCK) of which ANU is a member of the Executive team and the Leader of the Communication and Publicity Committee. The training is important because it re-oriented learners perspectives so as to conceptualize, develop narratives and prepare budgets for grant winning proposals, key issues in institutional fundraising techniques and development.
Continuing on partnerships, ANU forged a new partnership in 2015 with 21st Century Academic Forum to plan and execute a joint international conference in 2016. The 21st Century Academic Forum at ANU in April 2016 is a three-day conference dedicated to bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss solutions to those issues most pressing to 21st century citizens. Unlike typical discipline-specific conferences, 21st Century Academic Forum Conferences are trans-disciplinary conferences aimed at approaching important issues from a variety of perspectives. Five thematic areas will be given emphasis during the conference. These include 21st Century Education, Economic Development, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Energy & Environment, Global Security and Public Health.

Another developmental achievement at ANU is the CIT led vCalc, the First ever Social Platform for the world of Math. Spearheaded by Mr Ombui, a Lecturer in the CIT department, vCalc has come to ANU through a partnership and potential transfer of technology from USA to Kenya and the rest of the world. It is a social media productivity tool that is building the world’s premier calculator for the web and mobile devices. Through the power of crowd-sourcing, vCalc.com contains the world’s fastest growing library of equations and data.

Here are excerps from Mr Ombui regarding vCalc: “How does vCalc engage with Universities and colleges? These are the target early adopters of the power behind vCalc as used today to educate the world. Universities and colleges generally identify specific classes at their campuses that heavily use mathematics. VCalc then works with the professors of the selected classes to identify the data, equations and other mathematical capabilities to completely meet the math/analysis/instructional needs of the class. Thereafter, vCalc works either independently or collaboratively with the professors and/or select students, to ensure that vCalc has all of the necessary content (equations, documentation, etc.) by the next academic term. The selected professors inform their classes that vCalc contains all of the functionality required for the class when it is taught, and also use any vCalc social networking capabilities which also facilitate the learning experience.

As the first academic partner in Africa, Africa Nazarene University (ANU) has collaborated with vCalc in offering an excellent apprenticeship platform that will adequately prepare CIT students and alumni to the world of software programming and other related opportunities in larger ICT industry. The groovy programming used in vCalc can be quickly learnt by students and be used in creating the equations and embedding them to the calculator buttons.
Moreover, vCalc’s rich equations database has been used to demonstrate the application of mathematics in all fields and industries including beverage mixing, construction industry, piano tuning, personality test, and other areas, which most students not inclined to mathematics will find insightful and fascinating.

What Wikipedia did for dictionaries, is what vCalc is doing for math equations. The crowd-sourcing approach adopted by vCalc enables users to generate content which can be used by anyone across the globe, therefore demonstrating the system’s exponential growth. VCalc can be adopted across several University courses as it offers users the capability to add content that can only be accessible by an individual, or shared in a group, or make it public by sharing the content with the rest of the world, – an emerging trend of publishing credible content and getting attribution, all these for free!

With the increasing demand for online learning resources, students can now find free collaborative tools like vCalc to help them create, collaborate and share rich content with like-minded peers across the globe”
Useful vCalc links
https://www.vcalc.com/wiki/
https://www.vcalc.com/app/
The vCalc narrative is written by Edwad Ombui, VTS Manager, VCalc LLC.

Growth and continued growth in postgraduate studies at ANU was marked by the research projects undertaken by Doctoral Students in the ANU’s department of Religion. Under the stewardship of Dr Stanton and with strong support from senior faculty members in Religion and other departments, dissertation projects have progressed very well with some expected to be finished and published in 2016.

During this academic period faculty members have successfully published their research, book chapters, attended scientific conferences and trainings, reviewed scholarly materials as peer reviewers as show in the table shown here.

Proposals

Call for Papers