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Blended Learning in Universities in East Africa: Lessons from the PEBL Partnership

A summative evaluation of the Partnership for Blended and Enhanced Learning (PEBL) Partnership, which is part of the SPHEIR programme.

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This report presents the results of a summative evaluation of the Partnership in Enhanced and Blended Learning Programme (PEBL) led by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). PEBL is part of the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) programme funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).


PEBL was designed in 2016 to transform the quality, relevance, scale, accessibility and affordability of higher education in East Africa through five outputs:

  • An improved network of universities in for sharing degree-level blended learning courses.
  • Strengthened and increased use of regional (OER Africa) and individual learning management systems (LMSs).
  • Increased capacity of universities to support pedagogical approaches for blended learning.
  • Strengthened quality assurance systems for blended learning courses.
  • High-quality, credit-bearing blended learning courses included in university programmes.

The evaluation

The evaluation, which took place between November 2020 and May 2021, was led by the International Network for Advancing Science and Policy (INASP) working closely with PEBL staff. It looked at eight evaluation questions:

  1. What evidence exists that the problem statements in the 2020 review of the ToC are valid?
  2. What evidence is there that the expected outcome and outputs have been delivered?
  3. Did the programme work in the way that was expected?
  4. Were there any unexpected changes caused by the project, or by other factors?
  5. Could there have been an easier or a better way to do it?
  6. How sustainable are the observed changes?
  7. Has the project delivered value for money?
  8. What are the lessons from the project for the PEBL Partnership and other external stakeholders?  
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