Anil Kumar

Director Center for ICT & E - Learning, Snr. Lecturer

Anil Kumar (PhD), who serves as a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Center for ICT & E-Learning at Maasai Mara University:


Mr. Anil Kumar is a dedicated educator and technology enthusiast. As a Senior Lecturer, he imparts knowledge in the field of Computer Science. His research interest’s educational technology, web development, and UI/UX design.

Notable contributions by Anil include two authored books: “Operating System: A Simplified Way to Understand” and “Software Engineering: The Basics of Software Development.” His research articles have been published in reputable journals, covering topics such as learning systems for children with speech disabilities and cybercrime awareness.

Beyond academia, Anil has made strides in mobile app development. Notably, he created an Android mobile application for Kabarak University and a smart phone application for Maasai Mara University, which garnered over 30,000 downloads on the Google Play Store.

In his role as the Director of the Center for ICT & E-Learning, Anil focuses on modernizing the university’s ICT infrastructure. He supports administrative, teaching, learning, and research activities. His work contributes significantly to the advancement of education and technology at Maasai Mara University


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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science. Jan 2024. Sunrise University, Alwar, Rajasthan, India. www.sunriseuniversity.in
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Computer Science. June 2002. M.D. University, Rohtak, India.  www.mdurohrak.com
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA). July 2000. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India. www.kuk.ac.in 
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Sciences. August 1995. Specialized in Mathematics and Sciences. M.D. University, Rohtak, India. http://www.mdurohtak.ac.in/
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Electronics. July 1994. Specialized in Electronics, Mathematics, and Physics. M.D. University, Rohtak, India http://www.mdurohtak.ac.in/
  • Senior Secondary Education (10+2) in Non-Medical. March 1991. Majored in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. Board of School Education Haryana, India. http://www.hbse.ac.in/. 
  • High School Education (10th). March 1989. Board of School Education Haryana, India. http://www.hbse.ac.in/

Key expertise:  Business Analysis Software (Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI), Tableau, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Monitoring and management of file, application, database, web and virtual servers, E-commerce Prestashop and other MS business applications), Education Learning Management, Web/Desktop/Mobile Development, Graphics Designing and Social Media Management.

Area of Interest: ICT for Education, Software Development, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Graphics Designing, Web Designing, Desktop Applications, Networking and Wi-Fi technology, Internet Security.

Books Publications:

 

Journals & Publications

  • “Development of basic learning and communication system for school children with speech disabilities using mobile application platform “published in Volume 5, No 6, July-August 2014 of International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science (IJARCS). ISSN No. 0976-5697
  • “The Threat of Advancing Cyber Crimes in Organizations: Awareness and Preventions “published in Volume 5, No. 8, Nov-Dec 2014 of International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science (IJARCS). ISSN No. 0976-5697
  • “A Creative Method for Changing from a Blackboard to a Management System for Classroom Teaching”, International Journal of Research in Engineering and Applied Sciences (IJREAS) Available online at  http://euroasiapub.org/journals.php, Vol. 12 Issue 04, April – 2022, ISSN(O): 2249-3905, ISSN(P): 2349-6525

  • “An Inventive Process for Moving Teaching from Blackboard to Learning Management System”, Published in Volume 23 Issue 01 Version 1.5 (November 2022) of UlrichswebTM Listed International Double-blind Peer Reviewed Multidisciplinary Indexed & Refereed Journal, International Journal for Research Technology & Seminar (ISSN # 2347-6117)

 

Mobile App Publications:

  • Android Mobile Application (Kabarak Varsity) for smartphones. Published on appcatch. Publishing date 5th June 2014.
  • Smart Phone Application for Maasai Mara University. Published on Google Play Store and which has been downloaded more than 30K times.
  • Maasai Mara University, Narok, Kenya. February 2015 to date. https://www.mmarau.ac.ke/  

    Portfolio: Director ICT and E-Learning and Senior Lecturer of Computer Science.

    Responsibilities: Manage the resources and staff in ICT directorate. Resources include ERP, Internet/networking, Reporting under ISO standard, website development and maintenance, students/staff support, server security, etc. as well as Lecture and project supervision of students.    

  • Kabarak University, Nakuru Kenya. September 2004 to February 2015 www.kabarak.ac.ke

    Portfolio: Full time Lecturer of Computer Science

    Responsibilities: Lecturer, project supervision, and curriculum development among other assigned responsibilities

  • The University of East Finland previously known as the University of Joensuu, Finland

    Worked as a Guest lecturer in The Department of Computer Science at the University of Joensuu, Finland. www.joensuu.fi, where I taught the M.Sc. course “ICT for Development

  • Director Centre for ICT and e-Learning, I am responsible for smooth work of ICT and e-learning in Maasai Mara University as well as to organize training for staff and students.
  • Ag Director eLearning, e-learning at Maasai Mara University during the Pandemic lockdown and later. Job description develops, customizes LMS, and provides training and real-time support through the directorate office for Maasai Mara University’s students and staff.
  • Information Security Management System (ISMS)tasked to develop information security policies.
  • Member of ERP implementation committee, my role was to choose the best ERP and implement it with training for university academic staff and ICT staff.
  • E-Magazine working ADHOC Committee member, I am the developer, editor, and graphics designer for the university’s annual magazine.
  • E-Journal working ADHOC Committee member, University. Working on the university electronics journal platform for quality paper publishing.
  • Promotion and Publicity Sub Committee: worked closely with the Director of Marketing and maintained university all social media.
  • The Press, Publicity and Virtual activities: Appointed the member of subcommittee working on The Press, Publicity and Virtual activities for Maasai Mara university.
  • Appointment to the member of Senate ADHOC Committee on Internationalization of Maasai Mara University.
  • Webmaster and System Admin: Appointed Webmaster and System Admin to improve the university website ranking and quality as well as mentor ICT staff.
  • Appointment to the Commonwealth of Learning Grant Coordinating Committee
  • Appointment to ADHOC committee member to provide contents for Maasai Mara University website.
  • Appointment to ADHOC committee member to Develop Maasai Mara University e-learning.
  • Appointment as a member of the Public Finance Management Committee (Budget Implementation Committee)
  • Appointment as a mentor to offer Academic Advice and Counseling Services to Maasai Mara University Students.
  • Appointment to the Editorial Board of Maasai Mara University Newsletter.
  • Appointment to ADHOC committee member on verification of the 2022 graduation list.
  • Appointment to the Press and Publicity Sub Committee Member of Graduation, Prizes and Awards
  • Appointment to the ADHOC committee member to Manage the Organization and Strategic Planning of the University’s international conference.
  • Appointment to Member of The Board of Linkages and Collaborations.
  • Program leader in Computer Science at Kabarak University.
  • Head of Department of Computer Science at Kabarak University.
  • Chairman of Kabarak University Website working committee.
  • Academic Dean advisory committee member for Business management and information technology (BMIT) curriculum.
  • Co-Coordinator of International Program in The Department of Computer Science (North-South Program).
  • Kabarak University Webmaster to give a modern, eye-catching, convenient navigation, attractive, productive, and up-to-date look.
  • An Essential Guide to AI for Educators a Certificate of completion on 10th June 2024.
  • Certificate of participation in a workshop in a 2 days ODeL workshop on Online teaching competencies held on 20th to 21st March 2024.
  • Certificate of participation in a workshop for having participated in a 3 days ODeL workshop on Instructional Design and ODeL course development/engagement with OER held on 13th to 15th February 2024.
  • Certificate of participation in a workshop on Open and distance Learning sensitization and stakeholders’ engagement towards the development and validation of ODeL policy and implementation of OER held on 16th to 18th January 2024.
  • Certificate of completion, Online course on the topic “Understanding Open Educational Resources (OER)” offered by commonwealth of learning. 20th Dec 2023
  • Certificate of completion, Online course on the topic “Introduction to Microlearning” offered by commonwealth of learning. 21st Dec 2023
  • Certificate of completion, two days training on Land degradation organized by Africa Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and technology in collaboration with digital earth Africa
  • Advance Cyber Security workshop and Training: I completed an advanced cyber security workshop held between 27thJuly to 29th July 2022 and awarded a certificate of attendance.
  • Awarded a certificate of training of researchers for successful completion from 23rd-25th March 2021. The training was on funding opportunities in Kenya and beyond, IPPs in research and innovation and communication, resource mobilization and grants writings, academic publishing, and open access and scientometrics.
  • Certificate of participation award for participating in the university mentorship training workshop held on 17thand 18th august 2021 at Maasai Mara University.
  • Certificate of training award for attending the “Pedagogical Capacity Building Training” held on 16th June 2021 at Maasai Mara University.
  • Skill for Prosperity (S4P -Ke) Strengthening existing Digital education on the capacity for selected public university Kenya level one and two certifications from Open University UK: The skills for prosperity program are a foreign and commonwealth office (FCDO) funded program which began in October 2020. The purpose of the program was to offer technical assistance to improve the quality, relevance, equity, and cost-effectiveness of higher education (HE) and technical and vocational education mentorship and training (TVET) in Kenya. Therefore, the state department for university education and research under the ministry of education selected 8 members from 37 public universities and I was one of them who completed both certificate courses with badges and certificates.  
  • Plagscan user and support training: Certificate of attendance as system admin held at Maasai Mara University on 28th March 2018.
  • Blackboard New User Training: Certificate of attendance held between 13th October 2014 to 15th October 2014.
  • Certificate of accomplishment for the successful completion of the Pedal Online: Technology for Transformative Pedagogy course held on November 9th202 to December 9, 2020. 
  • ISO Certification: Completed Training with a certificate from KEBS based on ISO 9001:2008, Information System Management held in 2016 at Maasai Mara University, Narok, Kenya
  • Certificate of Team building and E-learning” from Kabarak University during a workshop held in Kenya pipeline training and conference center – Morendat, Naivasha
  • Participated in the African Congress on Cybersecurity workshop held on 27th June 2022 at hotel Radisson Blu, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Certificate of participation award during the open journal system installation and launching of the Maasai Mara University e-journal held on 11th April 2022 at Maasai Mara University.
  • Participated in the ICT seminar at City Hall in Eldoret (Kenya), organized by Alfex College, Eldoret. Theme: “ICT - The backbone to growth and development in the global village”
  • Participated and presented during e-learning workshop. Theme: “Team building and e-learning” workshop helped by Kabarak University in Kenya pipeline training and conference center– Morendat, Naivasha.
  • Attended National stakeholder’s workshop on credit accumulation and transfer system help by the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) of Kenya.
  • Participated in “East-Africa Higher Education- Virtual Submit” held on 18th Aug 2020 hosted by Universities & Colleges Learning Centre uclconline.com 2020
  • Participation as the Information Technology Trainer in the two days’ workshop held at Kabarak Guest House in Kabarak University. My area of training was “Office Automation”.
  • KEBS based on ISO 9001:2008, Information System Management Training: Successfully Completed training with a certificate from KEBS based on ISO 9001:2008, Information System Management held in 2016 at Maasai Mara University, Narok, Kenya
  • Awareness training based on ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Standards: Completed awareness training based on ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Standards held on 20th Feb 2013 in Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya.
  • Completed specialized training in C. Based Application from Chip Computer Education
  • Attended E-Learning International Conference (18th to 20th November 2009) Kenyatta University, Kenya. Conference topic: eLearning Africa 2009 - International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, An Annual Event for Building eLearning Capacities in Africa
  • Participated and presented a paper on “Impact of 3D Technology in Education “during the ANSO-MMU-SAJOREC International Conference held on 4th -6th September 2019 Narok, Kenya.

  • Successfully participated in the First Annual Kabarak International Conference (12th to 14th October 2011) at Kabarak University, Kenya. Conference Theme: - Research for promoting creativity, innovation, development, and industrialization.

  • Participated in the Second Annual Kabarak International Conference (16th to 18th October 2012) at Kabarak University, Kenya. Conference Theme: - Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Africa.

  • Participated in the Fourth Annual Kabarak International Conference (15th to 18th October 2014) at Kabarak University, Kenya. Conference Theme: - Addressing the Challenges Facing Humanity through Research and Innovation.

  • Participated in the Student Exhibitions and Innovation during the Fourth Annual Kabarak International Conference (15th to 18th October 2014) at Kabarak University, Kenya. The presentation topic was Benefits of Mobile Android Application (Kabarak Varsity) for smartphones.

  • Certificate of presentation awarded for presenting a paper titled “Prioritization of Loita Maasai Medicinal Plants for conservation at the 6th international conference held online between 28th to 30 June 2021.

  • Certificate of participation in the Annual international conference held at Kabarak University.

  • Certificate of appreciation for participating as a member of the conference preparation committee in planning and organizing the MMARAU ASWEK International Conference 2022 held at Maasai mara university between 25th to 27th May 2022. Conference theme: advancing sustainable development goals through social work education and practice.

  • Certificate of presentation awarded for presenting a paper titled “: Computer Ethical Violations, Intellectual Property Right and Software Ownership: A Challenge in Africa (A Case Study of Kenya)” in the 3rd Annual Maasai Mara University Conference held between (the 27th to 28th of June 2017) at Maasai Mara University, Kenya.

Snr. Lecturer of Computer Science and Director - Centre for ICT and E-Learning.

During my engagement at Maasai Mara University, I have contributed to the following projects and activities:

  1. E-Learning (http://elearning.mmarau.ac.ke): I have installed and customized the E-Learning platform (Moodle) which is officially adopted and in use by the university. Currently, around 10850 students and more than 65 lecturers are using the platform for their learning and teaching. I have organized TEN training sessions (Content development and management) for academic staff members. Around 80 academic staff members benefited from the training. Also organized 2 virtual E-Learning sessions of content development training for Maasai Mara University faculty members (Department of Curriculum Instruction and Education Management and Department of Environmental Studies, Geography & Agriculture) during the corona crisis.
  2. E-File System (http://senate.mmarau.ac.ke): Every institute must care about the environment and always try to avoid all types of wastage. I designed and developed an “E-file system” at no extra cost. As per my research, the system is saving more than 3 million per academic year in terms of papers, photocopying, printing, and manpower. The objective of the system is to go green and avoid wastage.
  3. University Online Support System (http://support.mmarau.ac.ke): Since we have started using technology specifically ERP, there was a high requirement for an ICT online support system. I have designed and developed an ICT online support system with one of my students. The project idea is part of university services improvement. The system will allow students, staff, and faculty members to register their queries online and get assistance within 24 hours. The system will also make the ICT department more efficient and productive.
  4. Conference System (http://conference.mmarau.ac.ke): I have installed and customized the open system on one of the local servers. This system is specifically made for national and international conferences under Maasai Mara University. The system has several entities where publisher, reviewers, editors, admins, etc. play their respective roles. After adopting the system, there is no need to receive research/journal papers through email or any other media. This system will allow the conference organizing committee to manage, comment, review, accept and store past, current, and future conference research papers at our university.
  5. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) http://portal.mmarau.ac.ke Maasai Mara University adopted the ERP system in the year 2016. During my time as the ERP implementation Committee member, I organized the training sessions for all MMARAU staff members to make sure that all modules work effectively.
  6. Webmaster and System Administrator at Maasai Mara University (https://www.mmarau.ac.ke) since 10th June 2015. When I took this responsibility, MMARAU’s web ranking was 59 and I managed to bring it to 19th in 2020 and 25th in 2019, and 25th in 2018
  7. Online admission Portal: Designed and Worked on the development of an online admission portal and online job portal for the university with one of the students.
  8. Third, Annual Maasai Mara University Annual Conference (2017): Participated and Worked as Chief Editors, Member of Abstract, Papers, Publications & Programme Sub Committee, Member of Publicity & promotions Sub Committee and done Graphics designing and Abstract booklet designing/ formatting for the conference. Conference Theme: - Emerging Issues in Research and Development.
  9. Social Media: MMARAU has accounts on all most all key social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr. I have managed to boost up more than 27,000 followers on our University Facebook page, which was less than 3,000 in the year 2015. Visitors have given 4.3 stars out of 5. I have tried to make sure that an average of 7,000 posts reach every week.
  10. ANSO-MMU SAJOREC International Conference: (4th to 6th Sep 2019): Participated as a member of the publicity and promotion subcommittee in the planning and organizing of the ANSO-MMU SAJOREC international Conference at Maasai Mara University.
  11. Developed Policies: In my work as Information System Security Management leader, I have attended two important workshops and developed ODeL policy, cyber security policy, email policy, information security policy, social media policy, email notification policy, and WIFI policy for Maasai Mara University.
  12. Content Developed on the E-Learning Platform: I have also developed 4 undergraduate degree course modules and 3 short course modules on the university Learning platform.
  13. Open Street Map workshop: Organized Open Map workshop for Maasai Mara University students, the purpose of the workshop was to train students on GIS and open street map knowledge. The training was sponsored by Upande, Kenya
  14. Empowerment training on Online Job for Students: Organized Online training for MMU students with the pep of AJIRA under the ICT Authority of Kenya. 67 students get benefited.
  15. University Magazine: Published first and second electronics versions of magazine (Enchorro Eng'eno) for Maasai Mara University in which I worked as Editor, and graphics designer.
  16. Kenya Space Agency: attended as a presenter to present “Kenya Hotspot Analysis for county integrated development planning in a workshop on the theme: capacity development in space science and technology organized by Kenya space agency consultative from on space science and technology. The workshop was held on 10th April 2019.
  17. Earth observations and geospatial data for development: attended the forum as a special invitee and presenter. The forum was organized by the Dg Kenya Space Agency and the Office of the Deputy President of Kenya.
  18. Kenya Hot Spot Project: Presented and contributed to the Hot Spot Data project (Maasai Mara University and British institute of east Africa, Kenya)
  19. Kenya Africa Regional Data Cube Training Workshop: I participated in the Kenya Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC) Training Workshop at Strathmore University, Kenya. The workshop training was organized by Global Partnership for sustainable development (and Kenya Space Agency and Strathmore University. The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen global partnership for sustainable development data to support partner counties in leveraging data and technology innovations such as satellite imagery to address data requirements for national development and sustainable development goals.
  20. Curriculum Development: Developed curriculum of Bachelor of Science in Security & Audit, Mater of Science in Security & Audit, which has been submitted to the School of Science for further presentation and approvals.
  21. Developed and published the Mobile App for Maasai Mara University (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.p1879DF&hl=en)which is helping students, staff, and visitors with up-to-date information and also useful for marketing MMARAU. The Smartphone app is made for android phones and it has been downloaded more than 34000 times by users.
  22. Curriculum reviewed: I joined Maasai Mara University in mid-Feb. 2015 and given assignment to review the curriculum for the Bachelor of Computer Science. While reviewing the curriculum, my main aim was to ensure that students gained a deeper knowledge of software development and practical skills.
  23. Curriculum development: In addition, I also developed the Bachelor of Science in Security Curriculum and forwarded the same to my department.  In today’s globalized works, there is a high demand for such programs. In addition to this, I also developed a curriculum for Diploma in Computer Science and Information Sciences.
  24. Collaboration: Working on the Virtual collaboration proposal to linkup MMARAU with Ottawa University (www.ottawa.edu). So far all is well and very soon we shall be able to get another higher educational partner working with our university.
  25. Books Donation: Donated around 20 latest Computer Science books to the university library.
  26. Webinars: Organized meeting of Maasai Mara University with eight different universities from India to find out various opportunities in the academic areas. Through this discussion, I also managed to organize two webinars (Entrepreneurship and Basics of Mobile App Development) for MMU students and staff with the help of Ganpat University, India
  27. Participated as interview panelist subject expert to select the best candidate in ICT at Bomet university collage, Bomet
  28. Participated as interview panelist subject expert to select the best ERP system for Bomet university college, Bomet.

At Kabarak University, I worked on the following:

  1. Co-Authored training materials for End User Training Programs. specifically, short courses like Introduction to Computer Science, Introduction to Application Software, Office Automation, Web designing, networking, etc.
  2. Developed Course Modules for Operating System Unit, Introduction to Computer Science Unit, and Introduction to Computer Application Unit for Department of School-based studies.
  3. Developed curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Diploma in Information Technology, and Diploma in Computer Science, Certificate in Computer Science, Certificate in Information Technology,
  4. Worked as Project Supervisor in The Department of Computer Science for more than 600 students in computer science students and Information Technology. During my supervision, I assisted students to develop useful projects in various areas like web-based applications, Desktop applications, and also android applications.
  5. Represented the Curriculum Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSc IT) to the Commission of Higher Education (CHE), Kenya.
  6. Designed the structure and implemented wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity in Kabarak University Main Campus.
  7. Developed and launched Kabarak University First Website on the web in the year 2005.
  8. Participated in other curriculum development programs at Kabarak University.
  9. Developed curriculum of Bachelor of Science in Computer Security & Forensics, which has been submitted to the School of SET for presentation.
  10. Developed and published the Android Application for Kabarak University which helped students, staff, and visitors with up-to-date information and is also useful for marketing KABU.

PROCOL KENYA: Prosperity Co-Lab (PROCOL) Led by the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London in close collaboration with local partners, the project goal was to harnesses cutting-edge science, community knowledge, astute policy development, and participatory research methods to develop smarter, localized understandings of prosperity that can be tailored to communities across Africa. https://www.procolkenya.com 

GCRF One Health:

The vision of the GCRF Health, Polluted Water and Soils Network is to reduce health problems related to water and soil pollution in climate–stressed, rural, and deprived urban communities in Kenya, Jamaica, and Grenada, through a network of excellence to support the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, and capacity building amongst academic and non-academic stakeholders and develop solutions on how to achieve the triple health and environmental co-benefits of access to clean water, a basic human right, healthy and productive soils and delivery of safe, nutritious foods.

The objective of the project was to establish an interdisciplinary, open network of excellence, based on a One Health approach starting with 200 members who will engage in a programme of innovative, interconnected activities and “big-tent” events designed to develop members’ interdisciplinary capacities, to solve health problems related to environmental pollution. The programme included country-based Knowledge Networks, round-table discussions, workshops and co-laboratories, demonstration activities and outreach events, online Communities of Practice, training seminars and e-learning courses global conferences, and an international UK conference. https://gcrfonehealth.org 

Eco Balance:

Eco Balance uses big data from satellites and multiple other sources and then applies cutting-edge modeling and knowledge technologies to identify the best land-use options. Eco Balance connects land stewards, farmers, financial institutions, and local and national authorities to manage the challenges around maintaining sustainable agriculture. Land stewards can look at the options available to them and the predicted benefits under different scenarios. Financial institutions can evaluate options, finance them and then track progress. Governments can set targets, inform international negotiations, and encourage optimal land use.

The plan it was to have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) up and running by the end of 2020. This will cover rural areas in Australia with real functionality. https://www.bexbox.cc

TEEB Implementation: Supporting Biodiversity and Climate friendly Land Management in Agricultural Landscapes

The project aims were to catalyze policy reforms that mainstream biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in agricultural landscapes and seascapes.

UK National Centre for Earth Observation funded project on Informing environmental change for Kenyan county development plans: hot-spot analyses using earth observation and community mapping:

Aim: To undertake an analysis of environmental and agricultural change hotspots in western Kenya for decision-making and climate change policies

Outputs: i) demonstration of data interpretation across scales using artificial intelligence techniques to integrate earth observation, national topographic mapping, and community-based agriculture and ecosystem observation and records; ii) development of mobile applications for community data acquisition; iii) e-learning modules and datasets to support Kenya’s County Integrated Development Plans; iv) demonstration project within the African Regional Data Cube and as input to Procol Kenya.

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