An Empirical Test of Dimensions That Influence Community Members’ Engagement With a University in Uganda


Since even before COVID-19, one of the most important challenges of Higher Education has been and continues to be the need for innovative and flexible educational methods. We could all agree that one of the goals of Higher Education is to equip students with a variety of intellectual and practical skills that, at the same time, can help them develop competitive advantages, such as adaptability and critical thinking. Universities should encourage students to be engaged lifelong learners, questioning the status quo to change it. New technologies and different delivery modes must be implemented to achieve that. One of the strategic goals of Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) is to provide flexibility and achieve student satisfaction in the modes of delivering academic teachings. UDEM implemented a methodology that combines the face-to-face mode with synchronous and asynchronous modes. In this study, the experiences of 185 students in courses implemented through the New Delivery Modes were compared with those of 115 students in courses with traditional modes. Students openly chose either mode freely. After the experiences in 2020 and 2021, it is safe to assume that the face-to-face (traditional) delivery mode would be preferred among students. The results obtained in this study reveal that both delivery modes satisfy students and favor their learning process. The combination of delivery modes provides flexibility so that universities can include them in their academic offer as a response to the interests and learning needs of today's students.

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Alejandra Juárez, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
Alejandra Yanez, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
Teresa Benavides, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
Luis Ocegueda, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
Zita Lopez, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Learning Experiences

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Juárez A., Yanez A., Benavides T., Ocegueda L., & Lopez Z. (2023) An Empirical Test of Dimensions That Influence Community Members’ Engagement With a University in Uganda ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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