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New Paths of Academic Pursuit
Phanuel Waliaula-Degree
June 2020
Dear Friends,

The Covid-19 pandemic has put Friends Theological College (FTC) on a different academic trail. Since we signed on Moodle Cloud online learning platform in May 2020, we have provided academic instruction to our students virtually. FTC faculty and staff have responded and adapted to this new path positively. Since we received results of our residential students’ exams and signed modular students on Moodle, this test has proven workable, and I should say that we are scaling up to establish a robust digital infrastructure that will allow students to carry on learning with minimal challenges. We also plan to set up and open short-term virtual teaching and learning solutions to church leaders in varied levels of their operations. 

Due to limited space on the Moodle Cloud platform package we purchased, we have only signed on students who are enrolled at the FTC-Kaimosi campus and faculty. Students in other satellite campuses are receiving instruction and lectures via other e-learning platforms such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Email, Google Meet etc. The Zoom cloud platform we subscribed to can only accommodate up to 200 people. Since we were limited financially, we opted for this lower package partly as an experiment and it is proving workable. When we stabilize financially we shall upgrade to one that can accommodate 500 people or more. As for now the Principal, Academic Dean, IT instructor, and the Registrar are putting in extra time supervising, guiding, and advising both students and faculty on this new path. We have to ensure that all programs offered through e-learning conform to learning outcomes and other requirements specified in the traditional face-to-face delivery of the curriculum.

Out of a total of 323 students, only 141 are enrolled on e-learning, which forms 43.6% of the student body. Our survey shows that other groups of students have varied reasons for not enrolling. Some are waiting and watching to see how this virtual program goes; some are challenged with incompatible appliances or comprehending the whole idea of online learning; while others cannot simply meet the cost of mobile data, some simply do not believe one can learn online and be as good as one who learned through the traditional face-to-face. This newsletter is therefore sent out as a tribute to FTC students who are enrolled online. They will go down in books of history as pioneer students on the FTC e-Learning program. Embedded in this letter are pictures of some of our students working online from various locations in the comfort of their homes.

Dr. Robert J. Wafula
Principal
Tel. +254 734 728564
Email: robertw@fum.org
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A message from Eden Grace, FUM Director of Global Ministries:
Robert Wafula has served as the Principal of FTC for nearly six years now, and it's time to renew his pledges of support for his next three-year term. I can hardly believe the changes that we've seen at FTC since Robert began! He started out in 2014 by articulating his "Vision 2020" for where he hoped to lead the College by the year 2020. In nearly all aspects, he has exceeded the goals set out in that vision! I hope you agree with me that the College has never been stronger. FTC is the centerpiece of any strategy for spiritual renewal and growth among African Friends, and the vitality of its intellectual and spiritual life make me so proud to be associated with this very special learning community.

Robert isn't able to travel to the US to visit his supporters, so I'm making a personal appeal to you today, to join me in pledging your support of Robert's ministry. Please click here to go to a Google Form where you can make your commitment. If you are already supporting Robert, please let us know your intentions about continuing. If you are a new donor, thank you!! May God bless you!
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