E-Learning Why e-education is important in higher schools

Technology has the power to transform education. It is essential to bring it into the classroom to empower learning.

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Why e-education is important in schools

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Today schools are under pressure to do more with less that is improving student outcomes while facing reduced budgets.

One solution may involve moving learning online.

E-learning of various kinds offers a way switch to a demand-driven paradigm, putting clients – students and potential employers – in the driver’s seat, and so reducing costs dramatically, while enhancing relevance. Indeed, if more than a tiny élite is to be educated, e-learning is the only option. Business schools can either ignore this imperative, and continue to cater to small numbers of students, or they can take the lead in e-learning and become change agents.

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The Director, Computer Service and Information Technology (DCSIT) of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, Prof. Musah Isiyaku Ahmed, has tasked academic institutions in the sub-region to promote e-education in order to reach out to a larger audience.

"Educational institutions, in their quest to share academic experiences among larger audiences, must adopt innovations on how to interact with other students through the use of information and communications technology (ICT)," he said.

Professor Ahmed made the call at the opening ceremony of a three-day multidisciplinary and inter-tertiary cross-border conference, therefore, stressed the need to promote e-education in sharing experiences on how to transfer, integrate and adopt ICT in institutional learning.

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Prof. Ahmed observed that with the growth in population in the sub-region, most countries in West Africa were likely to be handicapped in teaching their students; hence the adoption of  e-education to ease stress in reaching out to people.

"Digital technologies have brought about changes in teacher-student relationships as they learn from each other, with the teachers’ role shifting from providers of information to facilitators and guides of learning," he explained.

Technology has the power to transform education. It is essential to bring it into the classroom to empower learning.

  1. Students need to be engaged with what they are doing to improve learning outcomes.

  2. Enables students to become thinkers/learners/risk takers in a sheltered environment.

  3. Learn not to rely on the teacher…be accountable themselves…become independent!

  4. Valuable employable skills in a digital world are learnt - appropriate online behaviour, good digital citizenship, cyber safety, plagiarism, working with virtual teams, self discipline in a virtual world, digital and global entrepreneurship, globalization.

In the fast-paced world of e-learning the available technologies to make a course new and exciting are always changing, and course content can and should be updated quickly to give students the very latest information.

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This is especially important if the e-learning training is being given to employees in a sector where keeping up-to-date on industry developments is of the utmost importance.

This is one of the reasons why many businesses are now offering training via e-learning - other reasons includes low costs and the ability for employees to study in their own time and place.

Overall, traditional learning is expensive, takes a long time and the results can vary.

The importance of E-learning is now a given fact and it can offer an alternative that is much faster, cheaper and potentially better.

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