Impact of Oracle Academy Computing Bootcamp for Tertiary Educators in Kenya.March 27, 2023
In the twenty-first century, the urgent need to reorient and modernize Kenya’s higher education system cannot be overstated or dismissed. Over the years, educators in Kenya and around the world have demonstrated a desire to accept and impress modern technologies and innovations in their roles of instructing aspiring scientists, engineers, ICT developers, and other students enrolled in programs of a similar nature.
However, research has revealed that there are only a small number of institutions or professionals who can provide the most recent expertise, knowledge, and creative solutions to the world’s newest challenges. This is why Oracle Academy, in partnership with the Global Peace Foundation Kenya, had the honor of hosting the inaugural training on the computer boot camp for revolutionizing education for Kenyan tertiary instructors at Zetech University.
The program, Transforming Education Bootcamp for Kenyan Tertiary Educators, drew more than 50 academics who participated in person and 93 more who attended remotely from various universities.
In addition to offering training courses for tertiary educators, the Global Peace Foundation Kenya has been actively advocating peacebuilding and conflict resolution projects across the globe. Mr. Daniel Juma Omondi, the executive director of the Global Peace Foundation Kenya, said during the occasion that his organization promotes peace through education and that it works closely with educators and stakeholders while utilizing cutting-edge technology to capture what is crucial.
“I believe that if we can educate our people, we will be able to focus on what is important and stop fighting over trivial matters.” Then we’ll do a lot,” he added.
Additionally, Mr. Juma urged the young people present to pursue careers in data analytics, web design, and data science in order to arm themselves with the knowledge and abilities needed to survive in the modern world, noting that the technology sector is lucrative and offers many benefits due to the high salaries of those who work in it.
The Foundation’s training program for higher education professionals strives to provide them with the information and abilities required to foster social cohesion, understanding, and peace in their local communities.
Danny Gooris, Director of Oracle Academy, also participated remotely. He expressed his appreciation for their assistance in making the event possible, and he commended Zetech University’s board of directors as well as the entire faculty. The Oracle Academy cloud computing program was then introduced, and the speaker gave some useful information about it while emphasizing the importance of “Oracle Cloud infrastructure to everyone.” Cloud programming should be taught to students because it is becoming increasingly vital in today’s technologically savvy culture. Cloud computing allows individuals and companies to store and access data and applications via the internet rather than local servers or personal computers.”
Oracle Academy’s cloud computing program is widely recognized as comprehensive and up-to-date.
Students who are interested in pursuing careers in computer science, software engineering, or other technology-related industries need to have a strong grasp of cloud programming. They will be better prepared to design, develop, and implement cloud-based services and apps that cater to the requirements of today’s businesses and consumers by honing these skills.
Dr. Ing. Wilfred G. Gikaru, dean of Zetech University’s School of ICT, Media, and Engineering, greeted everyone warmly. He also expressed his excitement about attending the event as a teacher and how everyone might benefit from understanding machine learning and data analytics.
Using the potent Oracle Analytics tool, this year’s theme was “Data Analytics & Machine Learning for Educators.” To stay up with the changing demands of their pupils and to improve their teaching methods, educators in the modern digital age need to become more proficient in data analytics and machine learning.
“This workshop was designed to give educators a comprehensive understanding of data analytics and machine learning concepts, as well as hands-on experience using Oracle Analytics to analyze and interpret education-related data,” explains Lorna Juma, Oracle Academy Program Manager.
Oracle Academy computing bootcamps have had an impact on educators over the years by equipping them with the most up-to-date technologies and best practices. According to Miss Lorna Juma, the annual teachers bootcamps benefit educators by providing a platform for Oracle Academy member instructors to stay current with the latest technology. She continues, “Each year, we collaborate with our institutional members, as we did this year with Zetech University to organize this year’s Knowledge Builder event.”
Oracle Academy conducts a training needs assessment and creates a report based on the results. Samuel Kinuthia Kariuki describes how crucial data analytics is influencing the education sector and the effects of machine learning in education. He is a lecturer at Zetech University and a faculty member in the ICT, Media and Engineering department. He says “Oracle Academy resources and Zetech University collaborate to make machine learning simpler for teachers and students alike” Examples of practical machine learning applications, like fraud detection and recommendation systems, are provided in the Oracle Academy program.
These illustrations aid students in comprehending the usefulness of machine learning in solving problems in the real world. Mr. Kinuthia adds that “Using data analytics, teachers can design learning paths that are specific to each student’s abilities, interests, and learning preferences. Due to this, pupils can study at their own pace”
Grace Leah Okundi, a lecturer at Technical University of Kenya, was thrilled with the bootcamp’s outcome and expressed gratitude for Oracle Academy’s efforts, saying that the tools provided had made machine learning and data analytics simple to understand. The bootcamp helped her research on artificial intelligence, which she is currently conducting at University of Nairobi. “My students and I are extremely appreciative of this, and I would like to encourage lecturers to attend such trainings because they have such a significant impact.”