E-learning in the Sub Saharan African academic institutions dates back to 1996 when the first online University on the continent was set up in Kenya with financial support from the World Bank to boost cyber education in the Global South . The outbreak of Covid 19 in 2020 resulted in an explosion of e learning in academic institutions in the region, even if the African continent in general still has limited capabilities and infrastructure to support ICTs . While a lot has been written about the infrastructure, systems and applications of e learning systems, there is little understanding of the best practices of e learning in Africa.
The study employed a simultaneous mixed methods design with the principal method being a cross sectional online survey submitted to 309 master students from all universities involved in the CoMMPASS project, with a response rate of close to 30% Focus group discussions and interviews complete the data collection process The largest number of respondents (47%) are between 25 and 34 years old , followed by those 35 44 years old (25%) and less than 25 (23%). In total, two fifths of respondents were women , nine out of ten live in urban areas , and a quarter come from a university in French speaking Africa.
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