Use of Cloud Computing in Tutorial Group Discussions as a Method of Teaching and its Influence in Learning: A Case of Kenyatta University
Thuku, John K.
Ondigi, Samson R.
Muuro, Elizaphan M.
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Cloud computing has lately been deployed in educational institutions for a range of services and applications by way of virtualization of computing resources such as processors, memory, storage and networking. This paper discusses the use of cloud computing in tutorial group discussions as a teaching pedagogy and its influence in learning. It explores the essentials in tutorial group discussions in class including the preparations, activities, processes, benefits and opportunities. The research utilized a mixed method approach including qualitative and quantitative for data collection, then both action research and agile software development to develop and test the cloud computing based tutorial management system (Tutmas). Results indicated that both students and lecturers appreciated the benefits and usefulness of regular tutorials. Further, both students and lecturers appreciated the role of the cloud based Tutmas platform in improving efficiency in the management of tutorials and enhancement of students’ learning experiences and academic skills. Keywords: Tutorials, Group Study, Cloud Computing, Collaborative Learning, Cloud Computing Architecture in Education, E-learning System