Monthly Archives: December 2013

Picture of Distance Learning in Nigeria

Distance Education has been accepted worldwide as a valid alternative to the conventional face-to-face learning. The only difference here is that students and teachers share a physical distance, often bridged by various modern communication techniques.

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Distance learning in Nigeria, Africa is comparatively new. But, Nigerian government has taken some worthy steps to give distance education every sort of infrastructural support, so that it can meet up with the huge demand for formal education in the country. To this end, it has started some distance learning institutions as well. Some of the names are the National Open University  of Nigeria (NOUN), the National Teachers Institute (NTI) etc.

Educational Goals of Nigeria

Education has always been prioritised in Nigeria as an instrument of mass empowerment. Pursuit of educational achievement, therefore, has been one of the paramount focuses here.  The national objectives of Nigerian education also aim at, as described in the National Policy on Education (2004) integrating individuals into sound and effective citizens. The overall “objectives of Nigerian Education” address:

  • Projection of right set of values and attitude for proper developments of individual as well as society.
  • Developments of both physical and mental abilities, skills and competencies for preparing individuals to enrich the society.
  • Proper acquisition of balanced and relevant knowledge about local and international technology (NPE, 2004)

Distance Learning Fits Best around the Goals

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To these aims, programmes and educational structures are tremendously growing to the objectives with distance learning in Nigeria.  Distance education can be conceptualised as one of the many organised educational experience employing multiple approach like audio/video broadcasts, internet-based, print, teleconferencing as well as face-to-face teaching-learning. The main benefit of this system is that with teachers physically distant most of the time from the learners, a large number of learners can be taught with a limited number of teachers. This leads to a cost-reduced education, required very much for humble economies like Nigeria.

Real Benefits Distance Learning Offers

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Following the expert views of Oguntimehin and Adeyemi (1999:200), Fagbamiye (1999) and Chandler (1991) in defining distance education and open learning, we can indeed say that Distance education (as well as, open learning) is a self-paced learning process wherein the student can frame his own time-table according to the time at his disposal. This makes it possible for the people employed in full-time jobs, house wives with numerous household chores and youths waiting for employment to carry on education at their leisure available to them”.

Valid Alternative to Traditional Education

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In a nutshell, distance learning can essentially be addressed as a systematic educational process going outside the traditional conceptions of schooling. With the improved employment of internet distance learning even becomes a non-contiguous communication between teacher and student, having an unlimited opportunity to cultivate knowledge. Online distance learning in Nigeria shows exceptionally high degree of interactivity between student and teacher, which can even transport education before rural people and isolated communities.

The Office of Technology Assessment gives emphasis on the utility of interaction, and with online distance learning the opportunity becomes unlimited. With online learning, students can feel the classroom atmosphere even as they are physically present there. This sort of communication revolution makes virtual classroom an experience that denies any deficiency in interactivity, and thereby produced gap in learning.

With such positive aspects online distance education offers, people of Nigeria as well as people all over the world should readily take up the benefits of it. Nonetheless, this mode of learning is relatively new in Nigeria. People here should get aware of its enormous merits fast, so that they can be equally benefited as the people where distance education is already popular.

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Nigerian Students can Now Exploit Multi-Beneficial Online Courses through UK Universities

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Online education has been the saviour amidst every sort of educational crisis.  Especially, when career-oriented leaning to be addressed, online learning earns a good reputation for itself.  For a number of factors getting simplified with this online mode of education, universities are rapidly developing multiple varieties of online courses. As well, a huge number of students are making congregations around this online university programmes with the aim of gaining experiential learning and attracting employers’ attention more persuasively.

Technology-based Learning

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The reason behind online education becoming so enormously popular is people’s fondness to go with the trend. The advancement of technology has prepared human mind to do a work technologically, with maximum outcome fetched out of minimum effort given. For this predominant attitude powerfully present among people, traditional methods of education in so-called brick and mortar institutions are fast becoming obsolete and to complement them is emerged the technology-based online education. Over the time online learning has earned huge public confidence on account of its efficacy to impart knowledge so swiftly and engage the students to understand the applied aspects of every subject taught.

Online Courses Reign

 

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In spite of the dominating scepticism over online learning it has successfully announced its efficacy for nurturing natural abilities to flourish into expected professional skills. This special attention to one’s career possibility is the exceptionality of online education which is barely found in conventional educational structure.

These sort of interesting learning, though lately, is now within the reach of students belong to relatively under-developed countries. Students from countries like Nigeria have now every reason to advance their further education through online learning programmes for far better career possibilities against nominal efforts. Students all over the world have recognised the true essence of virtual learning and acknowledged its superiority of experiential learning. Nigerian students need to understand all the advantages associated with online education and take benefits of them.

Flexible Study Schedules

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Online courses in Nigeria announce studying beyond the traditional boundaries whereby Nigerian students can now have the privilege to earn and learn together. They can exploit a new dimension of unrestrained learning designed by eminent UK universities that allows them to study as per their convenience, instead of being bound to follow the schedules of any institutional routine. Now, when they have the liberty to study as per their own flexible time they also have a great length of time in hand in which they can be involved in some experience-generating work, relevant to their curriculum.

Affordability

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Another great benefit of online courses is low-cost fees structure. With as minimal as just a fraction of amount charged by traditional universities students can continue their course of higher studies. Besides, the opportunity of doing jobs parallel to study enables the students managing their other requirements. With just an internet connection and few simple devices like PC, or tablet or mobile phone students can always get connected to their study materials and faculty wherever they are and whenever they want.

This design of online education prepares students experientially rich as well as theoretically strong. The successful combination of their online learning and on-industry involvement makes them somewhat superior than the on-campus students whose work experiences in most of the cases are nil. Nigerian students must exploit so numerous advantages of online learning. It will suit everyone’s life’s obligations and fit around everyone’s need.