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What is E-learning
E-learning simple terms is the use of technology to enhance learning and this has been harnessed particularly with the internet. In the developed nations, the integration of e-learning into education has been successfully conducted before the advent of Covid-19. This integration has been adjusted with lessons from pandemics of flu and SARS.
However, in many parts of the developing countries, there have been challenges that have slowed down the adoption of e-learning in our educational institutions. The migration of students into learning from home is in alignment with one of the established principles of containing pandemics.
Since the developed nations have developed modalities before this, the entire migration would seem easier when compared to the developing nations that have been characterized by difficult challenges that include finance, lack of expertise and lack of implementation of the educational policies.
For the high income countries, learning and satisfaction with e-learning is a continuation while for the low and middle-income countries, it is likely to be a fire brigade approach. However, it is a point for us to learn, particularly with possibilities of future epidemics and pandemics. It is a turning point for preparedness. In other words, in developing nations, we are just realizing how important this could be for development while high income nations have gone beyond that.
What did you say is the impression of COVID-19 on education in Nigeria?
I will move from the obvious to the non-obvious.There are issues for teachers, parents, and for administrators. These concerns bother on social and economic issues and may go from missing exams, to not being able to move to next point; loss of jobs for teachers or earnings. As many schools have tried to go online, those with no access because of low socio-economic status will suffer. The impact is going to be more severe for disadvantaged children and their families because they will have interrupted learning.
What do you think is the best combination of e-learning tools for online education?
The combination involves e-learning, teacher’s presence and communication. The first type of combination is where there is E-learning with teacher’s presence and electronic communication. This involves use of PowerPoints and digital discs. But during Covid-19, it is not in line with social distancing. And thus it is not a good combination for the time.
Is where e-learning takes place without teacher’s presence but with electronic communication. This will work in this period but it will be most fit for adults. The third type is e-learning with virtual presence of teacher and electronic communication. And this is where teachers need to understand how ICT can enhance learning different from the classical didactic approach. However, there are insufficient tools to make this work.
The fourth type is e-learning with teacher’s occasional presence and e-communication. This will fit adult learning too but it may not be good for children and adolescents. The fifth one is E-learning with physical presence and e-communication. This is hybrid approach but not workable in the present situation. It is something that would be useful post pandemic.
What is the Future of E-learning for us as a Nation?
We have prepared policies on ICT-enhanced education. We need to make it implementable. Funding is key. 21st century skills and competence of the teachers in the use of ICT to enhance student-oriented learning for current and future problems are very key too. Apart from our national policy, there is a need to adapt some of the UNESCO recommendations for response to emergencies and post emergencies, such as the use of distance learning programmes and open educational applications and platforms that schools and teachers can use to reach learners remotely in order to mitigate the disruption of education.
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