The BHER model combines online and onsite (blended) teaching and learning to deliver university programs in Dadaab.
Online courses are delivered through partner universities’ eLearning platforms such as eClass, KUSOMA, etc. On-site sessions are typically run for first-year courses; students are scaffolded into online learning with the number of online courses increasing as they progress in their studies. On-site sessions are also held for practicum courses, examinations, and remediation.
We believe that a combination of online and face-to-face learning is most feasible and beneficial to both instructors and learners in Dadaab.
All course offerings in the BHER program are “stackable”, allowing students to earn a certificate or diploma at each level of study, incrementally building towards earning a degree. This means that the same students can continue beyond the teacher training certificate and diplomas, applying their “portable” earned credit towards full degree university programs.
Academic programs of universities affiliated with BHER are offered to students organized into cohorts. Since 2013, there have been 3 cohorts of students have enrolled in university programs through BHER.
Cohort 1 – Enrolled in 2013
Cohort 2 – Enrolled in 2014
Cohort 3 – Enrolled in 2019
The first accredited program in the BHER model is a Certificate or Diploma in Education, in either the primary or secondary education stream. Graduates from these Certificate and Diploma programs may then apply to a Bachelor’s degree program offered by one or more of the BHER consortium universities, with their Education credits counted towards the requirements of the degree.
In 2018, BHER piloted the first in situ graduate program in Dadaab. Since then, we have continued to offer the Master of Education alongside undergraduate programs in Dadaab, Kenya.