Frequently Asked Questions ODeL

Distance learning / online learning / e learning is an exciting opportunity and one that will allow you to access and participate in quality education from Institute of pension management (IPM). It will not matter your location in the world. Through Open, distance and E-learning (ODEL) you will be able to advance your skills and improve your career prospects in a convenient and cost-effective way. With that in mind, we’ve set out to answer some of the most frequently asked questions related to ODEL:

Why should I choose an ODEL course?

There are so many reasons to take an online course. You get to learn at your own pace and in your own environment – regardless of where you’re based. It’s by far the most flexible way of learning, making it possible for students to overcome geographic and financial constraints, while balancing other professional and personal commitments. Online learning is the perfect solution for busy professionals who want to learn with us.

With online learning you can study from anywhere

With no need to attend classes in person, it’s possible to study from anywhere in the world – all it takes is a computer and reliable internet connection.

First and foremost, this means you don’t need to be near the institute, so if you live at the other end of Kenya – or in another country altogether – you can still access its resources, including course materials and expert lecturers. It also provides extra flexibility to study in a range of environments, depending on where your busy week takes you.

Continue working whilst studying

Starting a new course is a big decision to make, regardless of which one you choose. By studying online, however, you’re able to minimize the impact you have on your life at present. Not only will it be easier to keep up with family and social commitments, you’ll also be able to continue working, so you can continue earning to ensure bills are paid and life is no less comfortable financially.

Take a cost-efficient approach

As well as enabling students to continue earning, studying remotely can also be a lot more cost-efficient than traditional on-site learning, for a number of reasons. As you’re able to work from the comfort of your own home, there’s no need to move or pay for secondary accommodation during your course. As well as being with your friends and family, you’ll save a considerable amount of money. Ideal if the cost of furthering your education has held you back in the past. You’ll also save here and there on things like transport and meals.

Studying through ODel can help you to build a global network

Distance and e-learning courses are taken by people all across the world, which means they’re great for international networking. Every time you log in to attend a lecture or write on the message boards, you’ll come into contact with people from all kinds of backgrounds: different nationalities, career paths, skills and experience. The relationships you build with these people – both fellow students and academics – can be truly valuable while studying and later on in life.

Knowing more about how the business world works in other countries and continents will only add to the knowledge you develop in class, and make you more effective in your professional life.

ODel courses are equally credible and accredited

Today’s online courses are more credible than ever, which is why an increasing number of people are choosing distance learning over the traditional on-campus approach.

What do I need to complete a distance learning course?

You’ll need regular access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and Microsoft Office for your assignments. With this type of hardware and software at your fingertips, you’ll be able to learn from a variety of places, including home, work, libraries, coffee shops and internet cafes. You may also need a smart phone for easier and frequent communication.

Can an online student make use of the Institute resources if they are in Nairobi?

Yes of course! You are a valued student studying at IPM. You will have a student ID and will be able to make use of the facilities if you are nearby. Alternatively, all the course materials you will need are accessible online if venturing to campus isn’t something you’d like to do.

What courses can I study?

There are a number ODeL courses as provided  of distance learning or blended courses available in various other formats, please browse our website for more information.

When can I start the program?

We have four intakes a year. Students can join our programs in January, May, July and September.

Do you have a detailed syllabus for each module?

Yes, we have all course information available for each module. If you are unable to find the specific details you are looking for, please get in touch with our admissions team on 0715350224 or by email to who would be happy to direct you to the relevant information.

Are there any exams

Yes, there will be examinations, continuous assessments and assignments as required by the examination or certification body). Examinations will be taken on campus or at regional centers. In addition, you are required to make an active participation in and may be assessed via coursework, group work, class participation, presentations and other types of assignment.

How are ODEL courses delivered?

In a similar way to traditional classroom-based courses, actually. With most programs, you’ll be given a course structure, in the learning management system (LMS) at the beginning of your term which details the year ahead. It’ll break everything down into distinct modules so you know what’s coming up and what you might have to prepare for.

The details will depend on the specific course you take.

All of your course materials will be available through the IPM’s learning management system.

Are there specific times for the online classes?

Yes, you will receive a full timetable of online tutorials. You will be advised  within the LMS course page.

Can I receive private tuition on top of the live lectures?

We don’t offer private tuition as the courses are designed to enable students to learn and study on their own terms and collaborate with others on their course. Feedback and monitoring of our current students show that learning using the discussion forums, lectures and various assignments is very effective for student learning and development.

What are the types of networking and collaboration opportunities?

You are able to message fellow students and tutors, use discussion forums, take part in group work and learn via the lecture sessions. Studying online is a highly interactive environment – you’ll certainly feel part of a community. While we keep all course communication within the learning environment, often students also choose to use Zoom, WhatsApp or even have a Google meet with the friends they make whilst studying.

What support will I have as an ODeL student? 

You will learn from leading academics and industry figures, have access to community boards and instant messaging services, regular discussions and support from a dedicated Student Services Coordinator – all to help guide you through your student journey. You will also have access to our technical support, should you have any issues in accessing the virtual learning environment.

Would I be able to switch from a face to face course to an online course half way through my course?

The short answer is yes. However, the optimum approach will be evaluated on a case by case basis and will depend on a variety of factors, such as the similarity of the courses you want to transfer between and at what point you are at in the course. Every case is different.

Does it matter where I am?

No, it really doesn’t – that’s one of the biggest reasons to take an online course. You’re able to study from anywhere in the world; all it takes is a computer and an internet connection.

What is remote engagement?

Virtual interactions between lecturers and students supported by ICT technologies such as computers, smartphones and internet technologies to facilitate learning outside a lecture room.

How will I submit assignments?

Through Moodle that shall be provided by a specific unit lecturer as per the timetable.