IDEMS has a close relationship with the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences at Maseno University, Kenya. Dr Michael Obiero at Maseno University initiated the IDEMS open course approach though request for support in teaching large classes in 2019.

Michael then introduced this approach to colleagues at Maseno and worked with them to develop more courses.

Maseno University remains the driving force behind the creation of content for IDEMS open courses.