Testimonials at AIU for Sunday, August 9, 2020


Gabriel Kabanda, Post-Doctorate of Computer Science - June-5-2020
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I write this experience letter full of gratitude and satisfaction to share with other colleagues worldwide my fantastic experience in studying for the Post Doctorate Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree in Computer Science with Atlantic International University (AIU). I am an experienced open and distance learning (ODL) practitioner and would like to confirm that the AIU student experience is one of the best in the world with regards to online learning which is student centred. I witnessed the wonderful experience of ODL aimed at bridging the time, geographical, economic, social, and educational and communication distance between student and institution, student and academics, student and courseware and student and peers. It focuses on removing barriers to access learning, flexibility of learning provision and student centeredness. AIU is a dedicated online University whose mode of delivery is in congruence with the ODL fraternity.

My experience with AIU is like a two-sided coin with one side inward focusing on the parent discipline of philosophy and the other wide outward to educational practice challenged by the increasingly networked environment with rapid advancements and transformations of information and communication technologies (ICTs).The philosophy of education interrogates the goals, forms, methods and meaning of education and addresses all the related philosophical nature of education. At AIU, I observed a unique rich mix of blended learning, distance learning, asynchronous / synchronous learning, singleness of teachers and students with a unity of purpose, computer supported collaborative learning, community of learning,  interactive learning (between learners, between learners and teachers, between learners and content), co-creative, collaborative, inclusive spaces, participatory learning context and spaces, time on task, feedback mechanism (learner, group, country), learner analytics, and integrated tutoring systems (Kabanda G., 2015). The degree of interaction between the learner and the technological tools, through the beautiful Student Section interface on the portal, presented the technology affordance worthy of exploration and investment in a learning environment. Affordances are the interactions between users and tool, i.e., the perceived and actual properties of an object that determine how it could possibly be used. All the learning I did with AIU was through this beautiful portal which prompts, guides, or constrains the users depending on their previous experiences (Salomon, 1990).


The philosophy of education used by AIU, primarily based on andragogy, is superb with respect to critical thinking, ethics, teaching, learning and curriculum. The curriculum from an epistemology perspective greatly influences what subjects or topics are taught, how they are taught, the supporting beliefs and values that are taught, both implicitly and explicitly, within and around the core curriculum. It is of primordial importance to preserve and strengthen this excellent learning/ education paradigm rich in constructivism, constructionism, collaborative learning, creativity stimulation, and experiential learning (the learner experiencing things for themselves and learning from them). I believe that the end goal or purpose of education, as I experienced it through AIU, is, content mastery, engaged citizenry, individual fulfillment, critical thinking, discovery and knowledge generation, teamwork, self-directed learning and experiential learning. In conclusion, I would like to urge aspiring learners to join me through the journey of AIU learning experience which I found to be outstanding with respect to fostering Communities of Learning to discover important curricular concepts framed by the students’ own ideas and questions, learning by design, an internet-based adaptive learning environment in which principles of knowledge integration are put into practice, and direct instruction which improves and accelerates learning and attains high rates of student success. Come and join us at AIU!

 Best Regards,

Gabriel Kabanda

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